Natural & Compressed Charcoals

Conté à Paris offer two types of charcoals: 


Natural Charcoal - this is charcoal in its raw state, giving intensely rich colour

Compressed Charcoal - a natural form of charcoal that is more compact and easier to handle


Dimensions - 8mm diameter, 95mm length

Available in - HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B

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Sketching pencils

An exceptional and extensive range of pencils, including both traditional and unique leads for maximum versatility in line, tone and intensity. 

Pierre Noire Pencil - a soft lead with a black that is dense, deep, indelible and matt. It is much appreciated for its use on all types of supports, including sketch pad, craft paper and linen canvas

Graphite Pencil - particularly smooth, this pencil will not scratch your support but slides over it

Carbon Pencil - derived from traditional charcoal, but much stronger, this lead does not crumble or leave your hands dirty. Its delicate and highly detailed finish enables all types of perspectives to be drawn accurately

Charcoal Pencil - this gives the clean, dense finish of an intense black. Its special characteristic is that it does not break, making it easy to transport. It also blends perfectly with iron red and Sepia Pencils.

Sepia Pencil - this gives a colour reminiscent of burnt umber. It shades easily and when sharp gives an accurate and delicate finish. With a half-worn lead, the finish becomes more opaque as the pressure exerted on the pencil increases

Sanguine Pencil - The colour of the Conté à Paris "Sanguine" pencil is a deep "rust" and its lines are easily blended.

White Pencil - best used with a sharp lead, this pencil gives a clear line with a transparent colour.

Graphite Lead - a hybrid tool, this is a solid graphite lead in the form of a pencil

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Sketching crayons and Pierre Noire pencils can be used together to create infinite variations in line, tone and intensity. Use the eraser to create shape and contrast by removing colour in areas which are in light. This lesson will also teach how to create a range of values by using different grades of black and hardnesses.