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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
® Conté is a registered trademark.
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Water-soluble, a little small
Comments about Conté Conté Crayons:
Used this for work on watercolor paper after recommendation that they would hold up against water. They didn't, but what bothered me more is that they are so small, almost like charcoal. If you're looking for a fatter crayon that stands up to water, I'd head to the hardware store and get a Markal 200 Lumber Crayon.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Classic black conte. Great quality.
By Paint Cat
from Buffalo, NY
Great for loose drawing when you want to get more detail than charcoal.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
from Bonita Springs FL
I couldn't find conte crayons nearby, so I ordered them from Dick's. great price, very helpful and I love my conte crayons for transferring my drawing to the canvas. Thank you for having conte crayons, what a life saver.
Sometimes You Can't Beat the Classics
By Sunny in Tucson
from Tucson, Arizona
This is the classic collection for sketching, especially on toned papers. You can use the edge, make a point, cover broad areas with the side. Soft without being dusty. Great for open studio, but also works for plein air.
from Clarksville, TN
I love it!
By Jack D McGovern
from Voorhees NJ
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I use them for quick figure drawing. I like them because they don't smear easily like charcoal, yet I can still blend them with a cloth.
I do buy this product often, highly recommend
By Two Horses Art
I like using conte crayons over pastels because it allows for more control and the mixing of colors is awesome. They feel better on paper, not as scratchy as charcoal, and less dust, as well as more firm in your hand.
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Just as advertised
from Pewaukee, WI
Just restarted sketching and these crayons are a treat to use.
Color my world!
from Colorado springs
It's true, using the best quality tool you get the best possible outcome. Conte makes one of the best. I like working with these crayons mainly because the colors are consistent and the texture is perfect for the drawings I do. There really is no downside to using these pastels, save for maybe there could be more of them to work with. These truly are a joy to work with.
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