Coates Willow Charcoal
On offer at Jackson’s – an additional 10% off the already low price (that’s 30% off the rrp) on this useful drawing material until Sept 28th, 2014.
Coates Charcoal receives consistently good reviews. The softness gives lovely dense blacks and allows beautiful blending.
Charcoal is most often used for quickly sketching and is especially suitable for life drawing sessions. It is chosen by so many artists because of the immediate response to the artists hand where the marks can be very bold and heavy or can be blended into soft and subtle shading. Willow charcoal breaks easily, especially the thinner sizes. But that’s okay as you will usually want to break the sticks into smaller pieces when you start drawing, as they will be easier to use.
Coates Charcoal is available in 6 thicknesses of sticks at an affordable price!
- Jumbo 16-24mm
- Extra Thick 12-14mm
- Scenic 8-12mm
- Thick 7-9mm
- Medium 4-6mm
- Thin 2-3mm
The intense blackness of natural willow charcoal makes it a perfect drawing tool; it has been used by artists for centuries.
Made in England
PH Coate is based in the heart of the Somerset countryside near Taunton, the county town, in the village of Stoke St Gregory, the centre for willow growing in England. The family has grown willow since 1819, and developed the production of artist charcoal in the 1960’s.
PH Coate tell us about willow charcoal:
“Willow grows extremely quickly, in one growing season, which lasts from late May to early October, a single rod can reach up to 8ft long. This is the main reason why willow produces such soft charcoal. The rapidly growing plant produces soft wood which in turn produces the soft charcoal which is so important to artists. A small proportion of the crop is left to grow for two or even three years, these rods are turned into the very large tree sticks. Finally, the finished sticks are checked and selected for boxing. Our dedicated team of packers thoroughly examine and scrutinise the charcoal sticks and remove any that are not up to standard. The rejected sticks are recycled, they are crushed into fine powder. Powdered charcoal is used mostly by artists, but is also used for filtration and pyrotechnics.”
Click on the underlined link to go to the current offer on Coats Charcoal
or the Charcoal section of the Drawing Materials Department on the Jackson’s Art Supplies website.
Postage on orders shipped standard to mainland UK addresses is free for orders of £39 or more.