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Long considered the finest charcoal for drawing, Nitram Académie Fusains Charcoal is the preferred charcoal of professional artists, academies, and ateliers.
Nitram Académie Fusains B (Soft)
For the discerning artist who requires a rich black for drawing, Nitram B is the answer. It is very soft, yet still able to carry a point for working rich blacks into the paper or canvas. Each package contains five batons, each measuring ¼" square × 6" long. (5 mm × 152 mm).
Nitram Académie Fusains H (Hard)
Nitram H can be sharpened to an extra-fine point for creating fine detail in drawings. The unique hardness of Nitram H also makes lighter and midtones easier to attain. Each package contains five batons, each measuring ¼" square × 6" long. (5 mm × 152 mm).
Nitram Académie Fusains HB (Medium)
This medium soft charcoal is the one most preferred for drawing and sketching. Nitram HB’s superior hold is perfect for homogenizing tones and retaining tonal detail. Each package contains five batons, each measuring ¼" square × 6" long. (5 mm × 152 mm).
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from Lubbock, Tx
Comments about Nitram Academie Fusains Charcoal:
I teach life drawing at Texas Tech University. I ordere4d the box of fusians to evaluate for my students. The HB was firm, but soft enough to yield a broad raqnge of values wit5h ver loittle pressure. If one is willing to pay the price for a better charcoal, this is a good choice. I did no5t mar5k best in category because I haqvn't tested all, but this is a very good charcoal,and is worth the price for high quality work.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Artist NC
I have been using this charcoal for a while , H, HB and B and this is my favorite. You need to use the right paper for it though otherwise you might feel that some sticks do not draw as smoothly for some reason. I experienced that using "regular" dry medium paper, when I switched to charcoal paper, this issue disappeared completely.You can get a very dark black when using the B or even the HB and very light values as well.
from Carbondale, CO
Charcoal is a bit softer than expected....I am accustomed to compressed charcoal...this product is somewhere between compressed and vine. Fun to play with!
Poor black for charcoal
from Murray, KY
Not at all suitable for toned drawings. Can not get a true black from this charcoal.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that you're not happy with the results you're getting from this charcoal. One of our Customer Care Agents will be following up with you to see how we can help.
(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I would buy this product again and again
from Monterrey, México.
I'm going to study a workshop in Scottsdale School of arts.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Mixed results, tough to review
from Los Angeles
This product is tough to review, for a very simple reason:When you get a good box, it's of superalitive quality that no other charcoal I'm aware of can match; when you get a bad box, it can be unusable.Wondering what all the hype was about, I bought a box of HB a few months ago and was extremely impressed. If I'd written this then, it would have been an unmitigated rave review. That fisrt box of HB allowed a degree of control I'd never experianced from natural charcoal; it satyed sharp surprisingly long, and the rectangular shape meant you could sharpen it to a chisel poingt and it would pretty much remain self-sharpening just thpugh use. It was actually pressure senitive to surpising dehree, and it stuck to the paper much better while creating less dust than other charcoal, while still remaining equally erasable.Then I bought a box of B, wondering if it might be an even better balance, as the HB was just a *bit* harder than I'd like. Inexplicably, the B was MUCH harder than the HB and indeed was entirely useless. You had to press hard to get any mark at all and even that would be a grey mark that scratched the paper and could barely be erased.Since then I've stuck with the HB and find it indespensible, but I must say I purchase it very grudgingly. It's twice the price of other charcoal, and about one stick in four is a complete dud. That said, no other charcoal I've found allows anything close to the same controllalbility. It allows me to make a surpisingly precise light-toned base drawing that is indefintely correctable and and makes a superb foundation to be built upon with compressed charcoal or conte.I'm extremely annoyed that their quality control is simply nonexistent - this is not an exaggeration - but those sticks that aren't duds are really without peer. So there you go.
Nitram Academie Fusains Charcoal
Best product out there.
quality at its highest--allmost creamy
from san antonio Tx
goes on smooth and creamy blends great and erases very well I'm sold on it.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By Golf Girl
from Chapel Hill NC
The texture wasn't the same throughout the sticks. Can sharpen nicely.
I like this hardness now.
from dallas tx
The straight stick is great.The soft works for me .Unfortunately, the hard and medium are very scrapy and difficult yo use. the quality of those two have hardnesses have changed because I used to use them all the time. The last boxes that I bought ( hard and Medium) from you are unusable.
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