Charcoal and graphite come in a wealth of varieties and forms beyond standard drawing pencils. We’ve found some of the finest and most reliable products for drawing, sketching, illustration, value studies and washes.
If you’ve used Tombo Mono graphite pencils, they may already be your favorites! They have a very smooth feel for drawing or writing, hold a point well, and are very break resistant. In singles and sets from 6B to 6H.
Faber Castell 9000:
Another high-quality pencil that’s a favorite of many artists and designers. Hardness range of 8B to 6H, as well Jumbo sizes with extra thick leads and water-soluble pencils for graphite washes. In sets and singles.
Caran D’Ache Grafwood and Technalo:
Grafwood graphite pencils and Technalo watersoluble graphite pencils from Caran D’Ache of Switzerland are exceptionally smooth and strong. They are truly luxurious, elevating a simple drawing implement to a level of unmatched quality and craftsmanship.
The legendary Blackwing 602 pencil has been a favorite of artists, writers, and musicians for decades. Its soft, dark lead glides across the page for effortless drawing and writing and its famous refillable eraser is both stylish and functional.
General’s graphite and charcoal pencils and sticks are made in the U.S.A. with a long history of quality and craftsmanship. Must-haves among are ultra-smooth Primo Charcoal pencils and the General’s Draughting Pencil with a thick, extra-smooth lead that always produces a consistent line and value.
Viarco Artgraf Watersoluble Graphite and Carbon:
Draw, paint, or both! This extra pure graphite from Portugal handles beautifully to produce a wide range of marks and values. With water and a brush, it dissolves instantly for beautiful ink-like washes–from subtle pale shades to the darkest black.
Nitram Charcoal is some of the smoothest, blackest, and strongest you’ll find anywhere. Soft, medium, and hard in a range of shapes and sizes, from small sticks to jumbo bars, will create sharp lines and smooth shading without crumbling. A true fine-art drawing tool. Nitram also features a sharpening bloc, a unique paddle with a sanded surface to shape your charcoal and other dry media to the perfect point and angle.
Bob’s Fine Vine Charcoal:
Quality hardwood charcoal made by hand in Eugene, Oregon. Square sticks provide corners for fine lines and flat sides for shading large areas. Packages of small sticks, large sticks, or a combination of both.
We stock a range of popular mechanical pencils and lead holders for every use and budget. Brands include Pilot, Pentel, Zebra, Sakura, Alvin, Cretacolor, and Lamy.
Sharpeners, Erasers, and Accessories:
We have many sharpeners, erasers, cases, and organizers to choose from. We’re always happy to assist you in selecting just the right ones for your techniques and preferences!