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.
This is a pack of 9 graphite pencils, 3 charcoal pencils, 2 erasers, a sharpener, 3 graphite sticks, and 3 charcoal sticks.
The graphite pencils come in H, B, HB, 2H, 2B, 4H, 4B, 6B, and there is an 88 that is a full graphite pencil, no wood in the pencil at all. All of the graphite pencils work great and are very smooth. The only problem with them is the lighter colored ones don't erase very easy, the dark ones do.
The three charcoal pencils come in hard, medium, and soft, none of which she has used.
Of the two erasers, one is a plastic eraser, and one is a kneeded eraser, both of which wok good.
The charcoal sticks also come in hard, medium, and soft, and the graphite sticks come in 2B, 4B, and 6B, all of which have not been used either.
The sharpener on the other hand has been used and is sharp and works great.
I gave this 4 stars because of the light graphite pencils not erasing well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am new to sketching, but I like the different softness of the pencils more than I thought I would. Good assortment.Published 5 days ago by FaithieP
It is getting me back to my passion. Thankful for the such an appropriate product. It has all the variety I needed to resume drawing.Published 8 days ago by Samir Chatterjee
I got these for my 7 year old daughter and she's learning to shade, good stuff.Published 16 days ago by Nick