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CretaColor Sketching & Drawing Travel Tin Set of 6 oil based drawing/sketching pencils. This set of oil-based drawing pencils is ideal for when dense, shiny, smudge-proof strokes are needed. Because they are water resistant, they can be used in combination with water soluble media with no danger of smearing. One of each type of pencil essential to traditonal drawing is included:

White Pastel Oil pencil: extra soft, used to add highlights and lighten other colours, fabulous on toned papers.
Sanguine Oil pencil: a burnt orange tone, often used for preliminary sketching and under-drawing. A classical drawing colour.
Sepia Light Oil pencil: another classical drawing colour, warm light brown tone.
Sepia Dark Oil pencil: another classical drawing colour, cool brown-gray tone.
Nero Extrasoft pencil: a deep black, oil-based pencil that produces a shiny, smudge-proof stroke. Usseful when working with water-based media where a permanent line is needed.
Nero Soft pencil: a lighter black, oil-based pencil that produces a shiny, smudge-proof stroke. Useful when working with water-based media where a permanent line is needed.

The pencils are presnted in a traditional metal travel tin with liner that holds pencils securely in place.

This set is of true artists quality and is ideal for all types of sketching, drawing, landscapes and portraiture. This particular selection extends the range of artists working in charcoal or graphite and complements work in watercolour, paste and ArtGraf soluble pigments. Wonderful for the travelling artist and the studio artist alike.

The brand CretaColor by Brevillier Urban & Sachs combines the ambition and traditions of two spirited individualists: Carl Brevillier and Hans Wolfgang Hromatka. It is notable that the history of Brevillier is intertwined by way of family and association witht he history of Hardtmuth which ultimately gave us Blackwing Pencils, Faber Castell and Koh i Noor. The history of mergers, splits and aquisitions within the various companies reflect a dynamic family history set against the rumblings of the Austro Hungarian Empire, the Prussian Wars and ultimately the division of Germany into Eastern and Western blocks in the last Century.

The history of Cretacolor’s products dates back to 1790 when Joseph Hardtmuth, a Viennese architect and inventor, developed the first graphite pencil. Composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert, both giants in their age, were sponsored by Joseph Hardtmuth, who was a lover of music and the arts. The mind boggles when considering all the famous musical compositions written using pencils manufactured by Joseph Hardtmuth. Queen Victoria herself was said to be thrilled when, in 1889, she first used a pencil made in the Cretacolor factory.

Later 1863 the industrialist Carl Brevillier founded the Zeus graphite pencil factory, which opened writing and drawing to a large wide customer base. At that time drawing and writing instruments supplies were  handmade, of poor quality and at the  same time very expensive, Brevillier pursued his vision to produce high quality tools en masse for people who wanted to write or draw. The result was that many people who would not have previously been able to buy high quality drawing implements were able to take up art. There was an artistic boom in Vienna, students of art history will immediately recognise the implications.

Brevillier is still with us today thanks to industrialist and avid pencil collector Hans Wolfgang Hromatka, who in 1996 managed to combine his passion and work and at the same time prevented the shutdown and closure of the company. By the end of the 1990s the earnest collector of old pencils continued this historical brand under the name CretaColor. In 2008 through the acquisition of Brevillier-Urban, the company holding the legacy of Carl Brevillier’s pencil factory, Hans Wolfgang Hromatka obtained the know-how to make art materials even more efficiently. At his request, the name of Brevillier was added to the CretaColor logo and through that, the company Brevillier Urban & Sachs was born and the intertwined history of Viennese pencils continues its creative journey.

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