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These round, wood-cased pencils have rich colors with an abrasive for easier stumping.
They're excellent for portraits and landscapes. Sharpen them with a razor blade or knife. Pencils come pre-sharpened.
Set of 6
This set includes one each of Black 2B, Charcoal 2B, Sepia, Sanguine, White, and Graphite.
Sketching Easel Set
Designed for the beginning sketch artist, the Conté à Paris Sketching Easel Set offers a variety of high-quality art materials along with a sleek, adjustable wood desktop easel. The set includes the following materials:
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By Mark T
Comments about Conté Conté Sketching Pencils:
I was recently introduced to these pencils via watching multiple videos of drawing from eleven different art schools on youtube. Everyone of them had their instructor and students using these pencils. When I checked for them on Blick, I was a bit surprised at the high price but I decided to try them out and I only bought one in each grade charcoal and carbon.All I can say is - WOW! VERY nice pencils. I was surprised to discover how large in diameter these pencils were. But I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the shaft of charcoal and carbon is TWICE the size of a regular charcoal/carbon pencil (General's, Primo, Wolff's, Derwent). I was basically getting TWO pencils of the same grade in just one slightly larger pencil. They are consist in their texture and in the way they lay down on paper. And with a little bit more pressure added during the application, one can get VERY rich darks from just the B pencil, whereas I would have used another pencil of a softer grade in order to achieve equal darkness (i.e. going from a B to a 4B or 6B in General's)All I can say is that these pencils are wonderful to work with and I'm really impressed by their performance. Now if only they would drop their price by $0.25 cents, I'd say these would be A STEAL!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Not all that great
By Dave C
from Las Vegas, NV
I bought a handful of these pencils at the local Blick store, having heard that they were supposed to be the best. I'm sorry, but I didn't find that at all. The number one reason for my two star review is the fact that these pencils contain more grit than any other pencil I've ever used. I compare these to the Prismacolor sketching pencils and these Conté can't compare. I'll spend less money on the other brands and get better pencils.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Big chunky pencils
By Kelly O
These big thick pencils work beautifully for sketching and shading.
A quality stick
By Chase Strohm
from Ephrata, PA
I mainly use these on smooth newsprint, and they work great! Tone goes on smooth and is easy to build up.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
bit scratchy on paper
By Iris the purple
from Saudi Arabia
i've used different kinds of paper with the 1710 B, it works well, draws well, thick and rich, but still sometimes scratchy and you can't make any mark with it.the only solution to this is to use a very smooth newsprint paper, then and only then you won't be interrupted by the scratchiness of is. the same applies to the 2B and the sanguine. No idea why .
Fantastic pencils with incredible range. My no.1 choice for charcoal drawing. Can't recommend these enough.
Cont'e Sketching Pencils
from Richland WA
I've been wanting a set of Cont'e pencils for a long time and while you ran your sale I took advantage of your outstanding prices.I love to draw on colored paper and Cont'e pencils are the way to go giving a rich texture to any drawing. I wish I would have ordered these pencils earlier!
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
All of the pencils that I bought had shattered lead in the middle and we effectively unusable. I'm very very upset about this product and its condition when I received it
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that your pencils arrived damaged. Our Customer Care team is here to help you with a return or exchange for any item that you receive that is damaged or defective. Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 1.800.723.2787.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent carbon pecils
from Los Angeles
Okay, first off a note to the people who are managing this site: It's a bad idea to lump several quite different products together under the same review heading.There are no "Conte skecting pencils"; rather there are three quite distinct classes of product with very different formulations: The earth tone pencils, the black "Pierre Noire" pencils, and the black "Carbone" pencils. I'm reviewing the carbon ("Carbone") pencils.These are very obviously a conscious immitation of Wollf's carbon pencils, right down to the colorless clear wood finish.Are they as good?Yeah I'd say so, and I wrote a rave review of the Wolff's a couple years ago.There are some differences. The Conte pencils have less friction on the paper, and a generally "lighter" feel. Not by a lot, but it's appreciable. In practical terms this means I can move them qickly across the paper while making very faint marks. I can make faint marks with Wolff's too, but the drag requires me to go a little slower if I don't want to make unintentionally dark marks. On the other hand the pressure sensitivity isn't quite on par with Wolff's. What I mean by "pressure senistivity" is the ability to go from very light to very dark by increasing presure in *direct proportion* to the darkness desired.If you start moving a Wolff pencil back and forth in one spot, while gradully pressing a little harder, what you will get (even in the absence of much skill) is a band that gradually transitions from very light to very dark in pretty much direct proportion to how hard you press and the time spent.Conte's pencils seem to jump a little more abruptly from light to dark with mechanically the same motion. Also, though Conte's Pierre Noire pecnils are thicker than most because they have thicker "leads", these Carbone pencils are the same thickness despite having leads that are exactly as thick is Wolff's. So gee, thanks for giving me that extra wood to carve through. On the whole, these pencils are really good and on blance rivial the Wolff pencils, which for me is high praise indeed. I'll be buying more.
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