Stabilo Carb-othello Pastel Pencils
The Stabilo Carb-Othello pastel pencils have a reputation as one of the top brands available. The pencils are super soft, but they sharpen well and are a good choice for small drawings or adding details to larger drawings made with regular pastels. The pencils are also partially water-soluble, making them somewhat unique among other pastel pencils and allowing artists to use techniques similar to those used for watercolor pencils.
These pencils are fairly inexpensive for pastel pencils, especially compared with some of the other top brands, making them the best all-around choice for beginners or professionals. The Carb-Othello pencils come in up to 60 colors, an adequate range for most beginners, but some artists find they need to supplement the palette with colors from other brands.