I am a huge fan of charcoal. I love to work with both charcoal sticks as well as pencils for more precise detail and control. Both have their uses and any aspiring charcoal artist should learn how to use both, but this post is specially about charcoal pencils. So let’s answer the question: What are the Best Charcoal Pencils?
I have tried a bunch of different brands of charcoal pencils and keep returning to the same brand again and again, but I prefer General’s charcoal. I just love the look and feel of this brand. Everyone is different however and you will only know which type is best for you by working with a handful of different brands.
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Cretacolor Charcoal Drawing Set
Cretacolor’s “Black Box” Charcoal Drawing Set is an outstanding value, offering 20 different charcoal related drawing materials, all made in Austria:
- 3 Charcoal pencils (soft, medium, and hard)
- 3 Nero pencils (soft, medium, and hard)
- 2 Monolith solid pencil-size sticks of pure graphite (6B and 9B)
- 5 Grades of compressed charcoal
- 4 Willow charcoal sticks
- 1 Charcoal block
- 1 Kneaded eraser
- 1 Paper blending stick
Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils
Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils offer a new twist on one of the earliest drawing mediums. Natural charcoal particles are mixed with a small amount of pigment and the finest clays to extend creative possibilities.
These tinted charcoal colors smudge and blend beautifully to produce deep, rich tones. Unwanted color can be lifted out quickly with an eraser. The pencils’ natural water solubility creates delicate wash effects.
Tinted Charcoal Pencils are produced in 24 fabulous shades, including White for highlighting.
Set of 12 — Includes Sand, Glowing Embers, Lavender, Mountain Blue, Ocean Deep, Green Moss, Dark Moss, Driftwood, Peat, Dark, Natural, and White in a reusable tin.
Set of 6 — Includes Burnt Orange, Lavender, Ocean Deep, Forest Pine, Peat, and Natural.
Set of 24 — Includes Sand, Burnt Orange, Sunset Pink, Glowing Embers, Heather Mist, Burnt Embers, Lavender, Thistle, Bilberry, Elderberry, Mountain Blue, Ocean Deep, Slate, Forest Pine, Green Moss, Dark Moss, Driftwood, Peat, Burnt Earth, Natural, White, Charcoal Light, Charcoal Medium, and Charcoal Dark in a reusable tin.
General’s Charcoal Pencil Drawing Kit No. 15
General’s Charcoal Pencil Drawing Kit No. 15 is a great set for a beginning drawing class. This 13-piece kit contains all the tools you need to make drawings come alive:
- 1 – HB pencil
- 2 – 2B pencil
- 2 – 6B pencil
- Charcoal White pencil
- Carbon Sketch pencil
- two soft sticks of compressed charcoal
- soft jumbo stick of compressed charcoal
- white charcoal stick
- artist’s pencil sharpener
- 2 – kneaded eraser
This is an ideal gift for a friend who’s been thinking about taking up drawing again and needs that extra nudge.
Pencils are pre-sharpened.
General’s Charcoal Pencils Set of 72
Contains 24 pencils each of 2B, 4B, 6B, a perfect assortment for classroom instruction.