Pitt artists' pastel pencils, with their oil-free pastel leads, are used by artists not only as the perfect complement to pastel crayons for elaborating fine details, but also on their own. Many artists who enjoy pastel techniques and their versatility, but not the dirty hands and colored dust that accompany them, have opted to use these special pencils. Pitt pastel pencils have a very compact lead which is economical to use. The lead contains a high level of pigment, making the pencils ideally suited both to drawing lines and shading, as well as blending and merging into delicate color transitions. The color selection in this range places a particular emphasis on the muted shades and earth tones that are especially important for pastel drawing.