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A. Ritmo charcoal pencil
B. Cretacolor solid graphite pencil
C. Wolff carbon pencil
D. Embossing tool
Charcoal Pencils. Many artists like to use charcoal. There are many varieties but all are messy to some degree. The pencils are cased in wood so they allow sharpening and very precise application.
Solid Graphite Pencils. These are solid graphite with an outer coating of varnish to seal the graphite from rubbing off on your hand. These come in various grades and are quite excellent for faster coverage.
Carbon Pencils. I used to use these for the pupils on eyes. The pupil is the blackest black on any drawing and there is nothing more solid black than carbon. I have found that I can get a softer, less obtrusive black with a sharp graphite pencil so I have moved away from these, but they are an option when very solid and deep blacks are required.
Embossing Tools. These can be made yourself or you can buy them such as the one above. Each spike has a round ball on the end. They are used to emboss the paper to create a line into which graphite will not adhere leaving it the color of the paper when the embossing was done. This technique can be used when individual hairs need to be created with no chance of erasure. Consider large whiskers on cats, for instance.
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