One of the oldest and most traditional drawing tools, charcoal is basically carbonised wood – so for a truly authentic result, why not use charcoal as nature intended. Compressed Charcoal is a solid stick of pure, reformed wood charcoal. It produces deep, dense tones with a completely different texture to graphite. Available in three versatile grades, light, medium and dark, Compressed Charcoal is naturally watersoluble allowing you to create interesting line and wash effects.
I like to use compressed charcoal for finishing outlines. Derwent is the best that I have used Robert Weir (Dumfries, United Kingdom) on 9 Jul 2014
Good for laying down large areas quickly Raffaello (Kidderminster, United Kingdom) on 25 Nov 2015
I have the impression that they will last a lot. Victor C (Alicante) on 11 Jun 2016