Compressed, Powdered & Charcoal Pencils
Compressed charcoals are rich black sticks that lay down a lot of color. Compressed charcoal is smooth and dense as it contains binders both to hold the stick together and to hold the marks it makes onto the surface of the paper.
Charcoal pencils are essentially thin compressed sticks encased in wood that come in varying hardness and softness. A white charcoal pencil is also available.
Charcoal powder can be dusted onto a paper to provide subtle tonality to a drawing or mixed with a binder like an acrylic medium to create an impromptu sooty paint.