Conte a Paris Carres Crayon

conte carresInvented in France in 1795 by Nicolas-Jacques Conté especially for drawing and sketching, Conté Crayons are made from a blend of natural pigments, kaolin clay, and graphite. The Conté crayon has been used by many of the world’s greatest artists, including Picasso, Delacroix, and Degas.

The rich, vivid colors of Conté Crayons mix together nicely, and a range of effects can be consistently produced. They are well suited for use on newsprint, bristol, toned paper or heavily grained surfaces. Their rich opacity makes them ideal for work on darker papers and their quality ensures the longevity of drawings. Conté crayons are waxier and much firmer than soft pastels, so they produce little dust and are easy to control.

Sharpen Conté Crayons to a chisel tip with a sanding pad for detailed work or drag them flat on their sides for various shading techniques on large areas. The unique shape allows the sticks to be broken for easier use.


Sticks are 2½” long × ¼” square (63 mm × 6 mm).

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Conte Pierre Noire Pencils

conte-pierre-noire-close___midThe Conté à Paris “Pierre Noire” pencil is a soft lead with a black that is dense, deep, indelible and matt. It is much appreciated for its use on all types of supports : sketch pad, kraft paper, linen canvas etc.

Recommended for: nudes, landscapes, laying rapid sketches.

Use: with a sharpened lead, the drawing is lively and accurate. With a half-worn lead, the work is more spontaneous and free.

Available in H, HB, B, 2B, 3B.

Conte Charcoal Pencils

CFCHPENThe Conté à Paris “Charcoal” pencil gives a clean, dense finish of an intense black. Its specialty characteristic is that it does not break, making it easy to transport. Its advantage is that it blends perfectly with the iron red and sepia pencils.

Recommended for: sketching long or rapid poses.

Use: In pencil form, charcoal produces more accurate and carrefully drawn lines than traditional charcoal and it does not dirty the hands.

Available in H, HB, B, 2B.

Conte Graphite Pencils

GCTGPThe Conté à Paris “Graphite” pencil is particularly smooth. It does’nt “scratch” the paper but slides over the support.

Recommended for: detailed and accurate work whether this involves building up a sophisticated perspective, a comic-strip character, or a perfectly constructed nude.

Use: whether beginners or confirmed artists, users have a wide range of grades ar their disposal : the drawing is constructed using “H” or “2H” pencils, then the most contrasted values are highlighted with “B” or “5B”.

Available in 3H, 2H, H, HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, and 6B.

Conte Graphite Lead

CONTEGLThis is a solid graphite lead in the form of a pencil.

Available in HB, 2B, 4B and 6B

Conte White Pencils

drawing pencil whiteThe Conté à Paris “White” pencil is mainly used with the lead sharpened, the line is clear and the colour transparent.

Recommended for: Contrasting, softening, lightening values for all types of subjects.

Use: It is the essential complement for all the other pencils, and its main function is to hint on a volume etc. However, it can be used alone on coloured paper, especially black paper.

Conte Carbone Pencils

conte-carbone-closeThe Conté à Paris “Carbon” pencil is derived from traditional charcoal but is stronger, and its lead does not crumble or dirty the hands. Its delicated and detailes finish enables all types of perspectives to be drawn accurately.

Recommended for: small sketches drawn on the spot. Travel diaries.

Use: this light and compact crayon is the perfect tool for sketch artists on the move.

Available in 2H, H, HB, B, 2B and 3B.

Conte Sanguine Pencils

sketch pencil sanguineThe colour of the Conté à Paris “Sanguine pencil is a deep “rust” and its lines are easily blended. With a sharpened lead : the drawing is accurate, the colour is transparent and if the work is lightly drawn the Sanguine pencil lets the texture of the paper appear. With a half-worn lead, the opacity increases with the pressure exerted on the pencil.

Recommended for: nudes, its colour recalls that of the skin when highlighted using white. Blending the colour creates the shading.

Use: Sanguine is frequently used in sketching to draw the body. For more complex work, it’s advisable to use Pierre Noire to emphasise the contrast and white pencil to highlight the areas of light on the body.

Conte Sepia Pencils

drawing pencil sepiaThe colour of the Conté à Paris “Sepia” pencil is reminiscent of burnt umber. This pencil shades easily. With a sharpened lead, you achieve an accurate and delicate finish. With a half-worn lead, the finish becomes more opaque as the pressure exerted on the pencil increases.

Recommended for: 
– Rough sketches
– Nudes : enables the most contrasted parts of the body to be shaded
– Portraits : emphasises and highlights the value of a face
– Landscapes : intantly gives the colour of a tree trunk or the facade of a house.

Use: it can be used sparingly on its own but it can be blended with the Sanguine, White, Charcoal or Pierre Noire pencils for a more complex finish.

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