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General's Powdered Charcoal is a super fine, 100% pure, artist-quality charcoal. It is a willow-type charcoal, extra soft, and intensely black. Excellent for all pattern work and pouncing.
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By Megog the Red
from Providence, Utah
Comments about General's Powdered Charcoal:
This powder is perfect for charcoal reduction drawing. The charcoal spreads nice and evenly. It allows for a great background shade which then students can use an eraser to pull out light areas, then go back in with charcoal sticks for the darker areas.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Weatherford, Tx.
The charcoal powder I purchased is quality. I am very pleased, however it is strong so little pressure needs to be used when applying it in a pounce bag on some surfaces. I will continue to purchase this product as needed. I work for a school district as an artist and have used various products over the years. This product gets a "thumb's up".
By The Wamp
from Blue Springs, Mississippi
I need this powder to shade certain areas on my fish mounts to bring in the same color all over.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Very smoothly ground
By Hockey Mike
from Melbourne, Florida
Great for large area coverage, and dark shadow tones in pencil drawing. Blends smoothly and evenly when applied with a brush, and blended with cotton balls.
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Lanny McDonald (graphite, charcoal, and carbon)
Tags: Made with Product
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Really Saves Time and Works Beautifully!
By Patricia Lintner
from Staples MN
I am working on a large charcoal drawing and I used this for the background. It really saved me a lot of time versus using the charcoal pencil. It also gave a really nice soft effect. I will continue to use this product and you can't get a better price than on Dick Blick!
A staple in my drawing class
from Overland Park, Kansas
My students learn so much from doing reduction style drawings. A drop of this product on each students paper, smeared around, gives the perfect surface to subtract and add charcoal to create beautiful, high contrast drawings.
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from Oshkosh, WI
I used to tone my paper by using willow charcoal and just smoothing it out with some paper towel or something. But the willow or vine charcoal would sometime scratch the paper. It wasn't a big deal or anything but this just made it much easier. I do a lot of charcoal drawings so this saves time and effort.
General's Powdered Charcoal
from Enid, Oklahoma
The General's Powdered Charcoal is an excellent media to use with a brush to blend the values in figure drawing. It's been very useful to me.
from Pepeekeo, HI
This is the first time I have tried experimenting with powdered charcoal. This charcoal seems rather "hard", in that has a medium tone in the light/dark value range. Using more, or a thicker amount of it doesn't make darker values on the paper, which was a disappointment. I would have want some that is softer, so I can use to make darker black value shading on paper.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
I have used this product with drawing animals to give a fur tone. It works well. I use Strathmore 400 series medium tooth and also on watercolor paper and canvas. The powder is very finely ground and even. It doesn't have much of a value change when you keep adding it, unless you use fixative between layers. I find it to be a nice fit for a light to medium tone. I grind chunks of charcoal to make darker and lighter tones with sandpaper. I hope all this info helps.
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