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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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Nitram charcoal has changed my approach to drawing!
By D Windsor
from San Diego
Comments about Nitram Academie Fusains Charcoal:
I have been an artist for many years and have tried a vast number of drawing products. Nitram Charcoal and Baton has helped me advance my practice three-fold. Kudos. Please get this in the brick and mortar stores. Get the word out.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By still learning
from Pitt. PA
I went ahead and bought B, HB, and H packs due to rave reviews by professionals. I've been using them for several months now. But, compared to willow charcoal or Derwent XL Charcoal (only other charcoals I own) this Nitram charcoal is very frustrating to use. I think another reviewer stated here that there are inconsistencies in the sticks: You'll be drawing, sketching, whatever, when suddenly you'll hit a point in the stick where you can feel it drag (skid) across the paper in a rough manner, producing a line different than what you had been laying down. Very frustrating. I will not buy these again and do not recommend them. Charcoal I've produced on my own has been more fun to use, and produced the results I want. The one thing this charcoal has going for it: It's strong. It does not break as easily as other charcoals. So, it will likely last longer. But when I am drawing, two things I value are consistency of line and a smooth application. I do not get that with this charcoal.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I'm happy with this Charcoal, it's not as brittle, love the square shape, doesn't leave your hands as coated, sharpens well for detail. Overall very I'm very pleased with it. I got the H, HB, B.
I will be buying again!
from Lafayette, IN
The charcoal sticks are long and do not "shed" the charcoal on fingers as much. They are rich and apply to different surfaces well. When applying a fixative, they do not change much either.
A pleasure to use
from Long Beach, CA
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.
It's consistent, high quality and overall best charcoal out there
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
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.
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.
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