What do you think of when you think of drawing? Drawings can consist of lines, tone, form, colour, volume, smudges, hatching, or shading in. They can possess the crisp accuracy of an architect’s plans in
hard graphite pencil or the expressiveness of an energetic life drawing in
charcoal. Drawings can map out ideas, or be the idea itself. Because the term ‘drawing’ can encompass so much, it’ll come as no surprise that this department contains a wide variety of different drawing materials. Whether you’re looking for hard graphite drawing pencils that deliver reliability and a strong unbreakable lead, or a
vibrant lightfast watersoluble coloured crayon, we’re sure you’ll find the pencil you need.
The monochrome drama of the
softest graphite and charcoal will never go out of fashion. As versatile as it is beautiful,
graphite and charcoal are used by both expressive fine artists and those seeking precision, such as architects and designers.
Charcoal sticks are made of specially charred willow or vine. They’re brittle, chalky, and the perfect medium for quickly laying down tone, and blending with your finger. Sharp crisp details can also be achieved.
Soft graphite pencils (3B - 9B) are capable of expressive black marks, while
harder H pencils are perfect for crisp, neat feint drawn lines.