Drawing Sets are ideal as a gift or a way to conveniently acquire all you need to begin drawing in one fell swoop. Our kits contain combinations of the below:

Graphite pencils can be used for writing, artistic and technical drawing. Light graphite pencil markings can be removed with an eraser. Graphite pencils are usually encased in a wooden cylinder but also can be held in a plastic or metal mechanical/clutch pencil. This protective casing prevents the delicate core from breaking or from marking the artist’s hand during use. The ‘hardness’ of a graphite lead is measured using the HB scale. The letter ‘H’ denotes a hard pencil and the letter ‘B’ indicates the ‘blackness’ pencil’s mark. A combination of letters such as ‘HB’ is used to show that a pencil is both hard and black.

Charcoal is most often used for quickly sketching and is especially suitable for life drawing sessions. It is chosen by so many artists because of the immediate response to the artists hand where the marks can be very bold and heavy or can be blended into soft and subtle shading. Willow charcoal breaks easily, especially the thinner sizes. But that’s okay as you will usually want to break the sticks into smaller pieces when you start drawing, as they will be easier to use.

Charcoal Pencils
Charcoal pencils are the perfect tool for an artist who desires the traditional effect of a charcoal stick without the associated messy dust. Charcoal pencils are charcoal leads encased in a layer of wood which not only protects the charcoal from snapping, but also guards the fingers from charcoal marks.

Tinted Charcoal
Few materials produce such a wide variety of creative effects, from rich, deep tones to a translucent-like mist. Mixing natural charcoal particles with a small amount of colour pigment and the finest clays extends the creative possibilities even further. They are ideal for covering large areas quickly and smoothly. Unwanted colour can be lifted out quickly with a kneadable putty eraser or plastic eraser, while the pencil s natural water solubility creates delicate wash effects. And because this unique medium is wood-cased, it is clean and pleasant to use.

Tinted Graphite
If you’d like to introduce some colour to your graphite drawings, tinted graphite does it all! Used dry, tinted graphite pencils provide just a hint of colour but adding water literally transforms the tint into rich, vibrant colour. Derwent manufacture Graphitint pencils and also Graphite XL sticks – pure tinted graphite that is water-soluble.

Water-soluble Graphite
Dip your watersoluble graphite pencil in water and then apply marks to your drawing in order to get deep, dark, bold marks. If you need to blend edges of existing marks use a wet brush or your finger to move the graphite around in order to blend. You can achieve gentle marks by using a wet brush to extract the graphite from your pencil or stick and then paint with the watersoluble graphite, almost as if you were working with watercolour.

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