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These rich charcoals are made with fine quality raw materials. They blend easily for a beautiful, smooth texture.
Sticks measure 2-1/2" × 3/8".
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The Right Stuff..
By Lucky Luke
from Essex, MD
Comments about Blick Charcoal Pastels:
Hwy ...it's just charcoal, bu it's the foundation of my paintings,...package arrived in a timely fashion and in perfect condition. was surprisingly well protected from breakage.I will be a 'constant costumer' for this item
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Nice Dark Black Color
from Thousand Oaks
This charcoal is easy to work with and produces a nice deep rich black color, creating beautiful results in your artwork. Good value for the the price. Would buy again.
from Scottsdale, AZ
The sticks came all in one piece! I use them to draw as they blend and draw beautifully. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty, it makes your drawing better!
Best item for the best value
By Charcoal Knight
from Miami, FL
look no further. If you're looking for a high quality product for the best value Blick Square Charcoal Sticks is the way to go.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
True Black charcoal.
from Murray, KY
Great true black for toned charcoal drawings.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Almost exactly whyat I was looking for
from Los Angeles
I'm going to corroborate a pevious review because I too decided to try this product specfically in the hope that it could serve as a satisfactory substitute for Aplhacolor charcoal, which is no longer made. (Yes, there is an ostensible product being sold under that name, but it resembles the old product as much as a sponge resembles a twinkie.)What made the old Aplcolor so great -and this stuff too, as luck would have it- is that is that you can smudge it around and correct or erase it very easily like vine charcoal, but it can make a very dense black and stays put like compressed charcoal. It's kind of a hybrid of the two. I'd say it's analogous to gouache, wich has some of the best properties of watercolor and oils, or mongoose brushes, which have some of the best properties of sable and hog hair brushes.Oh, and unlike vine charcoal this stuff works extremely well on smooth newsprint. It will actually stick to it, but you can still easily pull out highlights with a kneaded eraser. (In fact it works so well I'm actually searching for a more durable paper that will simulate the surface of smooth newsprint.) Just be sure to combine this with a conte crayon or some other harder charcoal, or you'll have trouble getting crisp marks or fine details.On the whole, they don't *quite* have the old Alphacolor formula down, but it's about 90%, and I can live that.
Perfect darkest mark!
By Grace the Wandering Muse
from Pittsburgh, PA
This product is exactly what I was looking for and a great price! Makes a rich, dark mark. Blends beautifully with vine charcoal and with conte to create dramatic darks. Soft but doesn't crumble if you get a little aggressive.
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Charcoal and Conte on Rives BFK
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Charcoal on Rives BFK
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent Alpha Char-kole Substitute
from Grand Rapids, MI
Any artist who relies on the properties of specific brands of art materials for their unique visual qualities can appreciate the distress caused when a time-honored brand changes the formula of their product - and not for the better. Like many other artists I was disappointed when Alpha changed the formula of their Char-kole line from the rich, soft and very black charcoal to...whatever it is now.Looking for a comparable substitute, I took a chance on Blick's house brand of charcoal based on previous reviews, and I'm happy to report that Blick's charcoal squares are as close to Alpha's old formula as I have been able to find. Blick's charcoal is soft, rich in tone and very black. The only difference between old Alpha char-kole and Blick's brand would be that Alpha had a uniquely warm umber-ish tone to the marks, while Blick's tends to be a cool black. I have attached an image of both brands side-by-side to show how very similar the two are. There are other brands with similar properties to Alpha's old formula (Cretacolor's Chunky charcoal is excellent as well), but if you are used to square drawing sticks, this is a good place to start. I'm glad I bought two boxes!
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Old Alpha Char-kole vs Blick Square Charcoal
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Smoooth and dark..
from Murfreesboro, TN
I'm focusing on charcoal portraits all this year, and I wanted a steady supply of the same consistent brand to work with. I didn't know how these handled but I figured they would be good quality, and whether hard/soft/medium I would just deal with it.They were much smoother and darker than I expected (I had been practicing with a medium stick prior to that), but after a few sketchbook pages I got used to it.It's like playing bass guitar, it's a blunt instrument that requires you to be really solid and on target to work right. The marks are so heavy (or really, my hands are) that it forces you to break down the image into the key points, and not get lost in the details.I prefer the sticks broken in half (so I get a "chunk" vs. a "stick"), and they are comfortable to work with in pieces. It's a big switch from mechanical pencils, and the "action" is almost like painting because of the bold strokes possible.The only downside I have is that fine details are tough to get, but my portraiture style is to apply charcoal and pick out details with kneaded eraser, so that's not a huge problem.Overall, this is pretty much what I was looking for, and even though the application is heavier and darker than I expected, that only helps to improve my drawing skills because I have to not be so heavy-handed.
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Charcoal chunk, kneaded eraser, and hands.
When you think store brand are not good,but no!!! Blick charcoal are great! So smooth and great for practice. I recommend this if you're just looking fo something to use for sketching!
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I like it so far :)
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