Royal & Langnickel Essentials Sketching Pencil Set, 21-Piece
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- Essentials by Royal & Langnickel are the "must have" artist materials to begin exploring your artistic side
- This set offers a carefully chosen variety of the different sketching tools for the pencil artist
- Includes 8 graphite pencils (4H, 2H, H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B), 3 sketching sticks, 3 charcoal sticks, 3 charcoal pencils, 1 woodless graphite pencil, 1 white eraser, 1 kneadable eraser and 1 sharpener
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Top Customer Reviews
The pencils included are cheaply made, which makes them a pain to sharpen. Too much energy is spent trying to sharpen them that you'll forget that you're working on a drawing.
The white eraser is a bit too gummy like, a few uses and I already feel the structure beginning to weaken...
The sharpener is OK. But there are better ones (See my list below after review)
The only thing I liked about this kit were the charcoal sticks. I like to sharpen mine with sandpaper and these do produce nice dark tones.
This product receives two stars because it really isn't the kind of quality you should be seeking out in your practices. In the end the flaws just add aggravation which can easily be remedied by buying a better quality.
If you want to REALLY get a good start at art (or good quality for continuing art), then I'd suggest the following:
You can't go wrong with either Faber-castell or Staedtler. I myself use the Staedtler Mars Lumograph. You can find these in kits, containing various degrees (A good range for the beginner would generally be 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 7B and 8B. Pencils ending in H are harder and thus produce lighter tones while pencils ending in B are softer and produce darker tones.) What will also work are the Ticonderoga pencils, which come in packs of 12.
I recommend the Staedtler White eraser (which is fairly cheap. Mine cost me about 2$ for a fairly good-sized stick), but Pentel also works just as well.Read more ›
With the Royal and Langnickel set you get a nice variety of drawing media in various degrees of softness at a very reasonable price. It gives a beginning artist or student a chance to use charcoal sticks and pencils (great fun, awesome learning tools) as well as graphite. I had fun with the graphite sticks too- these are nice when you want to block in large square objects like buildings or fill in large areas with tone. They are messy, so if you are shopping for art supplies for young kids, be warned. Bits of charcoal and graphite will find their way into the carpet, where everyone will tramp in it and grind the stains really well. Hard to clean graphite and charcoal out of carpets and upholstery- I know from much experience.
The erasers are so-so, and I rarely use the little sharpeners, so I cannot comment on that. I bout this set for the pencils and drawing sticks (comes with velvety smooth vine charcoal too!), so I am not bothered by the lower quality erasers. I am going to attach a couple of photos to show one of my sketches I made with items from the set. I used most of the graphite pencils, hard and soft, for this piece, but I supplemented with a couple degrees of Lumograph too- I keep all kinds of stuff in the case with its original contents, as you can see in the one photo.
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