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The chunky shape of these extra-large charcoal and graphite blocks makes them captivating, intuitive, and great fun to use. Derwent XL Blocks can be used for everything from sensitive line work and subtle blending to expressive marks and deep tonal work. Create different marks with the sides, edges, and corners.
The set of six charcoal blocks contain one each of Ochre, Sanguine, Mars Violet, Sepia, Black, and White.
The set of six graphite blocks contain one each of Olive Green, Dark Prussian, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Soft Black, and Very Soft Black.
Designed to work with the Derwent XL Graphite and XL Charcoal Sticks, the XL Gripper offers a steady, comfortable grip. Plus, it helps keep artists hands clean while working.
Shipping Note — Due to manufacturer distribution restrictions, Derwent products cannot be shipped to addresses outside of North America.
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Outstanding for Quick Drawings
from Centralia WA
Comments about Derwent XL Charcoal and Graphite Blocks:
I use these large chalks in a life drawing class that emphasizes quickly putting down basic features. I find that the large surface allows maximum areas to be laid down along with the edges for subtle detailing. I particularly like the gold color and have purchased refills of this one. The metal box is lined with rubber dividers and keeps the chalk intact. I did add a rubber band to keep it closed while in my carryall.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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A good Stretch for me
I was searching for Colored Compressed Charcoal options in something other than the standard black and found this set of oversized charcoal. Other orders I have placed online for charcoal sticks have arrived broken in half from the shipping, so I figured these fat sticks might have a better chance. They come in a metal case with rubber slots inside to hold each individual stick and even have a finger hole to allow easy access to pick up. First issue solved. The colors are very different, more muted and soft compared to the blacks, sepias and umbers that are more standard, but they resulted in a great contrast. In my life drawing class, I now use these sticks to lay down the base shapes then add accents with the finer and darker sticks for a stunning effect. My teacher noted that I had reached a new level in my quick drawings (10 minutes or less). Success!
I was very surprised!
from Sibley MO
I was amazed with the versatility of the Derwent graphite and charcoal blocks. I ordered them because I have arthritis in my hands and was looking for a product that would be easy to use. I spite of the chunk in essence, you can get a sharp line. I am very pleased to have them in my lineup of graphite and charcoal pencils.
Love the Intensity of Color & Wet/Dry Use
from Chicago, IL
I use these primarily as background for my collage pieces. Love using them wet; the intensity of the colors really pop, and you can achieve great results by blending and layering.
"I would buy this product again and again! And, I do!
By Tracey the Office Manager
from Stewart Middle School Doulgasville, GA
Love the color scheme and the way the product works well with different ways of applying.
from ventura ca
graphite blocks are an awesome product. feels almost like sculpting and I can work fast. charcoal blocks I am less enthusiatic. however, can use them to tighten up graphite work when needed.
Like feta cheese, crumbs come out and hard to use
from Monterey, CA
Hard to use because it's chips and flakes out.
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Blackest black charcoal made.
from Boston, MA
Large, expressive charcoal drawings with intense blacks. Have not used the graphite yet but imagine using the two together would be good. Don't use in the Living room!! Makes nice mess, best kept in the studio.
from Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
The charcoal and graphite(purchased both) were so much fun to work with. I especially loved using the graphite in my portrait drawings. They lay down smoothly, so that was definitely a plus. I would purchase them again.
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