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These large diameter pencils have very fine, smooth leads that are rich in pigment. The presence of abrasives provides excellent toning and stumping qualities.
Use Conté pencils to obtain a precise mark or line on a variety of papers. Pencils are pre-sharpened.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
Shipping Note — Due to manufacturer distribution restrictions, Conte a Paris products cannot be shipped to addresses outside of North America.
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one of the best i've tried.
Comments about Conté Conté Pastel Pencils:
Sampled a variety of pastel pencils recently, and tried them all side by side (Conte, Cretacolor, Caran d'ache, Faber Castell, Stabilo, Derwent), blending each together with charcoal and white pastel on the same brand/tooth of art paper for careful comparison. In the pic, Conte is the 2nd from the left. I was very happy with both this and other Conte pastel pencils I've sampled. The lead is thick and strong and doesn't break too easily (a problem with Cretacolor); soft and somewhat "buttery" while still being highly blendable with black/white charcoal (Caran d'Ache is the butteriest, but so much so that it is actually very difficult to blend, particularly with blacks); and always satisfyingly rich in color/saturation. In the end, I invested in a set of Stabilos, but Conte was my runner-up choice -- and as I start playing with the Stabilos, I find myself wondering if Conte might've been the better choice. The reasons I chose the Stabilos was that they were more affordable, while generally being of comparable quality color-wise, and because Stabilo makes its own hand-sharpener that so far seems to work well with their pencils (jury is still out on its longevity though). Electric sharpeners will devour almost any pastel pencil, and Contes are unusually thick and won't fit most standard sharpener holes anyway -- so if you don't want to spend a lot of time hand-sharpening each pencil as you use it, a good sharpening solution can be an important factor. Overall though, I would recommend and am very fond of the Conte pastel pencils I've sampled. In terms of consistent, smooth blendability and rich color, they are probably one of the best you can get.
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from cleveland, ohio
Love the feel of this pastel pencil. The texture is perfect for painting soft areas and also getting sharp details.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
was just curious
from Southwestern Iowa
The lay down of color was beautiful
Well, so far I'm pleased
from Washington state
I've been wanting to expand my pastel pencil collection and after reading many many reviews thought I would give the conte pastel pencils a try. Received them the other day, packaged safely as usual, I tried them out on scrap of paper and I'm pretty sure I will be purchasing more of these. They were not scratchy and I liked them.
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Softest, creamy, and doesn't BREAK
from Covington, GA
I use these when getting detail in the eyes of portraits, and they blend so well without 'cutting' into soft pastel surface. They are far more soft and creamy than even more expensive brands, and do not break inside the casing when sharpened. They lay down strong color evenly. My only wish is that they would oome out with more colors and more color sets!
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from Redmond, OR
These pencils are a great value for the price. Love the larger diameter---resists breakage very well, even while sharpening! Colors are nice, but could be richer in some colors. I have also experienced a few "rough" spots in the pastel, which I assume are clay streaks--re sharpening helps this though. All in all a good value for the price, especially for a beginning artist.
Wonderful products, great selections
from Onekama, Michigan
I love the large selection of products.
from Hercules, ca
Great for details
from Rio Rancho N.M.
Very thick fst pencil. Would not fit in my sharpener! But color is vivid.
from Fort Worth, TX
I'm ising these on Twinrocker paper that's been sized with an amber shellac mixture. The colors are beautiful but the points keep breaking whenever I sharpen them. I've tried multiple sharpeners and blades. I love how beautifully they blend into the tooth of the paper when I pass a bristle brush over them.
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