Compressed Charcoal Pencils & Blocks – Derwent



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Compressed charcoal is a solid piece of carbonized wood that produces deep tones with a different texture to graphite. Its naturally water soluble makeup allows artists to create interesting line and wash effects. Derwent Compressed Charcoal Blocks are made of pure charcoal. Square shaped, you can use the side for wide sweeping strokes, or use the ends to create finer lines.

Often used for life studies charcoal is considered very traditional. Encase it in wood and suddenly you have something much more contemporary – Derwent Charcoal Pencils! They will give you great control over your drawings but keep all those traditional charcoal effects that you love, with less mess!

Product features:

  • Compressed charcoal.
  • Available in square sticks and round wood-encased pencils.
  • Block dimensions: 7mm (width/depth) x 7.5cm (length).
  • Pencil dimensions: 8mm diameter, 5mm core strip.
  • Available in three grades: light, medium and dark.


View our range of Derwent Charcoal Pencil Sets, XL Charcoal Blocks and XL Tinted Charcoal Sets.


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Charcoal Grades

Pencil Dark, Pencil Light, Pencil Medium, Block Light, Block Medium, Block Dark


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