Yesterday, I received an update from Faber-Castell. They sent me two statements to publish here: the English Version and a German Version for you to read. According to those, the vast majority of products is free of animal derivatives.
They are still a cruelty-free company on all levels. They do not test on animals nor commission it by other parties.
I did reach out to them again today, to double check once more that all of the products previously listed in my February 2022 update are still free of animal derivatives and I also asked about the Fude Pens, which I forgot to ask about in December.
Dec 24th, 2022 : Faber-Castell product update enquiry sent out
I sent out a product update enquiry to Faber-Castell, about the new Pitt Artist Dual Marker pens and whether the information of all the other products listed in my compendium is still accurate. My last update was February 2022.
I wrote to Léonard (brush manufacturer) because they brought out brush sets labelled “vegan”
to Coliro (Finetec Pearlcolors) for an update
to da Vinci (Defet; brush manufacturer) for an update
I think those are all at the moment that I’ve written.
Although I am working my way through updating all my entries (please bear in mind that if I didn’t attach any date to an entry in the compendium, the information could reach back as far as 2017), I am open to hearing from you any companies you want me to write to. I’ll put them first. I know what time of year it is and if you are looking present-wise for your wishlist or someone else, or just because you need to let out your creativity, tell me about the company (maybe mention what product range as well, if they offer many); of course we need also to factor in the time it can take a company to reply. So the sooner, the better.
Uni Mitsubishi (Signo gel pens) and Pilot did choose not to disclose information about their products and companies (information on Uni : 2017; newest information on Pilot: 2021)
Faber-Castell is a distributor for Uni Ball and informed me (April 2021) that all the Uni Ball products they distribute, are free of animal derivatives; however, this concerns only the materials not Uni’s status (concerning the cruelty-free topic);
Speaking of Faber-Castell, these might work for you:
Pitt artist pen in white (my opinion when I got them when they came out: not very opaque; buildable, for small highlights , best stored horizontally)
watercolour pencils e.g. Albrecht Dürer; wet or dry application; of course pencils will last you practically a lifetime
gelatos – watercolour in stick form; blendable with finger;
oil pastel in white – should be very opaque
white pastel stick or Pitt pastel pencil; lovely over watercolour and alcohol markers …
Those are just examples (information from 2021); of course you can use any gouache or acylic paint (or pens, pastels, …) free of animal ingredients; my other brand informations on e.g. Culture Hustle (Stuart Semple), Liquitex , Golden Paints, Qor Watercolors and others are older (2017, 2018) , but you might want to look into them.
It depends also on what surface and other medium you are working with. I for example used gelatos in the past on canvas and like Pitt pastel pencils over watercolour and alcohol marker.
Faber-Castell ink : available in four colours: black, blue, pink and turqoise; the shades blue and pink are erasable; black and turquoise cannot be erased; the ink is not document proof; (the waterproof and lightfast alternative by Faber-Castell are the Graf von Faber-Castell inks)
Here is the list of vegan-friendly products by Faber-Castell:
I recently stumbled upon Faber-Castell’s Ecco Pigment Pens. My favourite is 0.05 . Just like the Pitt Artist Pens, they are waterproof and have maximum lightfastness.
It is incredible how small you can draw with the 0.05 – that is why I like the pen so much. In the following pics I have added some coins for size comparison. (coins: 2 Czech Koruna, 20 pence, one dime & one cent)
I am happily suprised by the white Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens in B, 1.5 and C. Last week I stumbled upon the set containing those three and a black pen in S. A couple of years ago I bought the big white pen with the rounded tip, but it was just too big to do highlights and I didn’t know there were other ones as well. I really do like the 1.5 for highlights. Not to bash the other two, because I like B and C very much . On my doodle below you can see all the white Faber-Castell pens and pencils on black paper. You can layer them to bring them out even more. I’d pick them over gel pens any day; they can be layered, they don’t scratch of, they go on top of coloured pencils, etc. (without giving up), they apply evenly, they are more reliable (my comparison: white uni ball signo gel pen).