These are 36 semi-hard pastels by Richeson which offers you a good selection of colors at a great price. They are a good option for underpainting and shading. The crisp edges make these pastels a perfect option for shading and easy to work with. Can be sharpened into a point whenever needed. They ship in a protective paper box that will keep them in good condition. These can be purchased in groups of 12, 18, 36, 72 and 120. This set offers you a great selection of colors and you will find these pastels to be a great addition to your set of art tools.