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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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A pleasure to use
from Long Beach, CA
Comments about Nitram Academie Fusains Charcoal:
I can't say this charcoal is the best of all charcoal as I've only used a few brands,but,it is better than those brands imo. Blends well, erases easily, gives me a variety of tones. I really enjoy the results I get drawing with this charcoal.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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It's consistent, high quality and overall best charcoal out there
By Mark T
When I first became interested in using vine and willow charcoal, I ran across NITRAM and the product description while browsing the product line at Dick Blick's. Based on the very first paragraph, I thought to myself:"Wow! These must be really good if the price is high and the description is so raving." So I decided to buy a box of each H, HB and B fusians.All I can say is that I am very disappointed in the overall product. At first, I thought this charcoal was absolutely amazing because the very first stick I pulled out of each box laid down really well and didn't produce the amount of dust and grit that I normally get when using a charcoal pencil. My only complaint at that time was that the B wasn't producing a very dark value. I thought I found a top-notch product!As the months went by and my fusian samples diminished, I experienced quite a few unpleasant surprises with Nitram's product:1) The H fusains varied in their consistency and often would not lay charcoal down on the paper evenly. It was like scratching and scraping the paper. I tried it on other papers and the only result I could muster was when I used water color paper, but even then, I had to apply too much pressure to even get a mark. And three of the five fusians were so hard, they simply wouldn't lay down a line, and if they did, it was barely visible. I ended up having to grind those to powder for which I now use with a brush to create soft tones where I need them. Stinks that I can't do that by simply using the fusain itself.2) The B was VERY disappointing. It just simply did not produce darker values than the HB. In fact, I would say they were pretty much the same charcoal. My other unpleasant surprise was the sudden appearance of a "red" tinge in the charcoal! One minute the charcoal is dark, the next minute I'm getting tinges of red in my strokes. Then 2 of the 5 fusain sticks had really hard spots in them and I ended up having to grind nearly half the stick down in order to find the softer areas for which one could draw. VERY DISAPPOINTED with the Bs3) The HBs were consistent. I only had one fusain stick demonstrate hard spots but other than that, they laid down really well and you could blend them wonderfully.Overall, I just simply would not recommend this product to a friend. I honestly don't know how others can rate this product as a 5 star product but maybe they received better quality charcoal before I came across this product. To me, there is a serious issue with the quality control on the manufacturer's side. For the price, this product is way over priced. One can get equal to better quality for lower prices.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We apologize for any quality issues in the charcoal you received, and we're happy to take care of this for you. One of our Customer Care Agents will be reaching out via email to assist you.
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The best charcoal on the market.
from Lubbock, Tx
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.
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.
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 4 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.
(5 of 5 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.
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