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Compressed charcoal is a solid stick of carbonized wood that produces deep tones with a different texture to graphite. Its naturally water soluble makeup allows artists to create interesting line and wash effects.
Available in three grades: light, medium, and dark.
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Best for pale, subtle grays
By Quality Control Paul
from Long Island City, NY
Comments about Derwent Compressed Charcoal:
This review is specifically for the 'light' Derwent charcoal stick, (Derwent is the only brand I know that designates charcoal by shade rather than degree of hardness.) It's unique among compressed charcoals in being a pale, graphite-like shade of gray. When smudged it gives a clear tone, which, unlike other charcoals, doesn't look "dirty". There is also a matching Derwent charcoal pencil. I don't believe in characterizing drawing products in terms of high or low quality. Each brand has its own characteristics, and preferences are subjective. The Derwent is noticeably different in color, which is what makes it worth pointing out.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Derwent blocks are great to work with, though you may find that your fingers can pick up the graphite or colored pigment. And no one wants accidental smudges on their artwork. The solution is Derwent Block Grippers! The Grippers are a soft rubber that slide onto the block which makes for comfortable handling and clean hands. The Grippers fit on all Derwent blocks including graphite, charcoal, pastel and Inktense.
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