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- Cretacolor Monolith set
- Contains 6 woodless graphite pencils
- Graphite water soluble Aquamonolith and a Monolith holder with cap included
- Kneaded eraser and a metal sharpener
- Presented in a sleek matte silver metal box
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The Cretacolor Monolith Set contains 6 woodless graphite pencils, 1 graphite water soluble Aquamonolith, a Monolith holder with cap, kneaded eraser and a metal sharpener all presented in a sleek matte silver metal box.
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I started drawing/sketching again recently. I'm not a professional nor have I been taught. I wanted to play around with these and I really like this set so far. The pencils vary in darkness. I wish they gave you lighter pencils as well. The sharpener works great and the kneaded eraser works on light sketching. I like the tin case to store the pencils. I usually wrap a rubberband around it when I travel with it just so it doesn't pop open.
This is a great set for a casual artist not looking for anything fussy.
I have to admit I was a big dingus when it came to the extender, what I mean is I put the full pencil in there and was like 'what the heck??'. Then I realized that it was to use when the pencil was short. DUH. I still don't know what the 'cap' is for.
Well, I'd post a pic but for a while I'm sure I won't get much past stick figures, but we'll see. The pencils felt good and heavy in my hand and as I picked each one up I felt more and more like drawing again. And there's no better way to learn than doing....
I didn't know what the purple one was so I had to look it up. I will save you the trouble in case you don't know. You can apparently use it just as you would all the others but then you can go back over it with a wet brush to give the finished look that of a watercolor. The included one is plain black graphite in color but they evidently make a line of all different colors you can purchase. I thought it was neat.
I am not sure how to use the holder. I imagine though that it is used when they get too small to hold with ones hand. When I first opened the kit I tried to jam the full pencil into the holder and thought it looked silly, so that is how I came to that conclusion.
I was a bit puzzled by the cap as well. it fits rather loosely over the pencils. To me, it almost seems as if the way they are sharpened from the factory makes the bevel rather long so the point hits the tip of the cap before the edge has a chance to grip the shaft and hold on. If one were to use a different sharpener and shorten the bevel I imagine it would fix this, or I am just missing something.
The sharpener is of good quality. I have many sharpeners, some I have paid a bit for that perform crappy and some that I have paid pennies for that perform admirably. This sharpener falls under the category of cheap and good. I use it first to sharpen these then use another sharpener to put a fine point on without wasting much graphite.
The kneaded eraser is a kneaded eraser. It was larger than some that I have bought individually but by no means is it huge. I did find it to be of quite a decent quality though.
I imagine that many of my epiphanies about this set are pretty common knowledge to most artists, but if you are just a good drawer looking for something other than a pencil than this may not be so common so i offer it here.
My bottom line is that when I run these out I will buy more and continue to do so until I stop drawing.
The box has a tool that if you are getting short on a pencil and it's harder to hold, that you can put it into so its like a handle/extender so you can continue using which I think is really cool. The handle design is simply and fancy. There is a tiny pencil sharpener that does the trick when using these pencils. The eraser is very nice but a bit difficult if you want to erase a tiny spot on a drawing since it's like taking putty to paper... not very precise. Also, there is a sort of cap that comes in it too that is in the image, bottom right. I think it's to be used as a cap on a pencil to protect it but I'm honestly not sure. I can't think of another purpose. There is already the handle for when the pencil is short to put it in, but this piece is very tiny so I'm not sure what it would be used for other than a cap.