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Invented in France in 1795 by Nicolas-Jacques Conté especially for drawing and sketching, Conté Crayons are made from a blend of natural pigments, kaolin clay, and graphite. The Conté crayon has been used by many of the world’s greatest artists, including Picasso, Delacroix, and Degas.
The rich, vivid colors of Conté Crayons mix together nicely, and a range of effects can be consistently produced. They are well suited for use on newsprint, bristol, toned paper or heavily grained surfaces. Their rich opacity makes them ideal for work on darker papers and their quality ensures the longevity of drawings. Conté crayons are waxier and much firmer than soft pastels, so they produce little dust and are easy to control.
Sharpen Conté Crayons to a chisel tip with a sanding pad for detailed work or drag them flat on their sides for various shading techniques on large areas. The unique shape allows the sticks to be broken for easier use. Sticks are 2½" long × ¼" square (63 mm × 6 mm). Each box contains 2 or 12 crayons of one color, except for the color sets.
Please refer to the Item Specs tab of this page for a complete listing of the colors in each set.
Shipping Note — Due to manufacturer distribution restrictions, Conte a Paris products cannot be shipped to addresses outside of North America.
Matchbox Set of 4, Assorted Colors
Matchbox Set of 4, Sketching Colors
Tin Box Set of 6, Sketching Colors
Set of 12, Assorted Colors
Set of 12, Landscape Colors
Set of 12, Portrait Colors
Set of 12, Sketching Colors
Set of 18, Assorted Colors
Set of 24, Assorted Colors
Set of 48, Assorted Colors
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Disappointed with matchboxes of 4 colors
from Mt View CA
Comments about Conté Conté Crayons:
I bought these crayons in set of 2 in 2B and in a matchbox 2B as well.I first used the matchbox. I am very disappointed with the quality of crayons in 4 colors matchbox. They are scratchy and inconsistent how they apply to the surface. Scratching persists no matter how I turn my crayon. They are not usable. Box says they were made in China. Later I decided to try the one in a set of 2. To my surprise, these are totally different. They do not scratch when applied, much smoother and consistent in application. Very nice and these I would recommend. I wonder where these are made. Maybe that makes a difference. Same brand, two different quality of same product. I gave my review 3 stars because I like the sticks of 2. Knowing that there is no consistency in a product, I am not sure I will buy Conte again.
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A big hit
from Charlotte, NC
I got the 48 color set for my daughter and she has been ecstatic about them. Even the drawings she calls 'poor' are outstanding, vibrant, and alive. What a difference they have made in her style.The only negative was that she did one and leaned the drawing pad to her chest so she could type an email and got smudges on her shirt. She claims the shirt is ruined but we've yet to try washing it.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
The very best of its kind.
By Art Teacher
from Black Hills, South Dakota
Well, yes, Conte crayons cost a bit. However, they are the smoothest crayon medium around. My high school students and I veer toward these to get the most vibrant results. It is superior to its rivals, hands down. Worth the extra cost.
Supplies for my college Drawing Class
By Anime Artist
from Tucson, Arizona
Always happy with art supplies from Dick Blick. Wish shipping was less expensive.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great Quality at a great price
from WESSON, MS
I purchase in bulk for my college drawing class and this is the first time I have ordered this particular CONTE for them. My students like the quality of it and the quality it gives their drawings. It is a beginning drawing class so they need something easy to manipulate and work with and this l has been very good. I will purchase more of it as I need it.
By Kelly O
These have stood the test of time for a reason-- they are perfect!
Just what I wanted
from Chapel Hill, NC
So much easier than driving to a store to get.
Great for my Pastels and Charcoals
from Wichita, Kansas
The size was some what a shock because I thought it would be a little bet bigger in size. But the over all the Pastels wheregreat and are what am looking for to do the Job that needs to be done as well. They only make few color for that company and that is fine as well am Happy with the out come as it is and would tell other people about the Conte. Crayon Box of 12 to anybody wanting or wishing to having one as well.SincerelyRichard Mean ForsytheArtistborn1957
Conte is King
from Ocala Florida
conte products offer smooth cover and delightful accuracy to drawing. the pigment is vivid and accessible.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Landscape Conte Crayons, the lipstick on my landscapes!
from Grass Valley, California
I have always used the Sanguine, black and white. The Landscape Colors gave a change up and highlight to my gouche landscapes. I will buy again.
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