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Drawing Charcoal

Here at Pegasus Art we have a fantastic selection of drawing charcoal that includes a variety of sizes and types to suit your drawing needs. Find willow charcoal, charcoal pencils, compressed charcoal and even coloured charcoal sets.

What is Drawing Charcoal?

Charcoal is an organic material that consists of mainly carbon and ash and is made by burning the material, such as wood, under high temperatures with low oxygen levels. This creates a dark colour, lightweight, dry substance that normally comes as sticks or blocks for drawing purposes. Although charcoal has been made for 100's of years, for many uses such as fuel and even filtration, it has and still is very popular for mark making and drawing in the creative world.

Artist charcoal is generally a black to grey drawing material that can be used on its own, with other pastels or chalks and also used in mixed media artwork. Charcoal has a rich and expressive texture that is favoured by many artists for drawing and mark making. In general if you use charcoal sticks or blocks with more pressure you will get a heavier / bolder marks and if your use it gently you will get lighter marks; this makes it a great material for gestural drawing.

Willow charcoal is made from willow branches that have been turned into charcoal sticks and are still in a natural form. Willow is good for lighter powdery marks and smudging, and it is easy to erase. The sticks tend to have a slightly irregular shape due to the natural origins and can add to your mark making, as well as being a very useful material for preliminary outlines before painting or simply for sketching.

Compressed charcoal is made from charcoal powder and mixed with a binder to form blocks or sticks. This compacted charcoal comes in a variety of softness options and colours, and can be sharpened to get particular shapes. It is more resistant to smudging and also less easy to erase.

Working with Charcoal

Our range of drawing charcoal also features charcoal pencils which are fabulous for fine detail and keeping artists' fingers clean. Charcoal pencils are a handy essential to keep with you in the studio or a more practical option if you are out and about.

Working with a selection of charcoal can give you a range of textures and lines to build a image with more variety in your sketches. You can also adjust the marks charcoal makes on the surface by holding the charcoal flat to get broad softer textures for larger areas or hold it on its point or edge for more focused lines. You can work the charcoal into wedges or shapes on a separate piece of paper or with a sharpening tool if needed.

What Else Might You Need in Your Drawing Kit?

Some key things that you might want to include in your charcoal drawing kit are putty or kneadable erasers for clearing up mistakes or removing areas of charcoal for highlights, sharpeners, kitchen roll or paper towels to clean up your fingers or equipment, blending tool also known as a tortillion, baton holder or foil to wrap around the ends of the charcoal and also a fixative.

So whether you are just beginning to discover the delights of working in charcoal or are honing your expertise we have a wonderful collection of charcoal supplies for you.

Caran DAche Charcoal Pencil Caran DAche Charcoal Pencil
£2.75
3 in stock
Soft Charcoal Pencil from Caran D'Ache How not to get so messy with charcoal.  You will make dark marks with this soft charcoal lead.  The actual charcoal inner lead is a generous size and there is a good quality wood exterior casing.  The pencil will require sharpening before use.
Charcoal Holder - Fits Medium Coates Willow Charcoal Charcoal Holder - Fits Medium Coates Willow Charcoal
£4.40
1 in stock
Charcoal Extender - a great artist tool. We have tested the size and the perfect fit is the medium width Coates Willow charcoal.  You can use this is different ways, either to fit small pieces of broken willow charcoal - waste not want not!  Alternatively if you fit a longer length of charcoal you have the advantage of being able to stand away from your work and draw.   This charcoal holder is spe…
Coates Charcoal Powder 125ml NEW Coates Charcoal Powder 125ml NEW
£7.25
Out of stock
Coates Charcoal Powder 125ml Glass Jar  NEW Water-Mixable Artists Willow Charcoal Quality A new quality product from Coates, this versatile charcoal drawing product has been made by grinding their willow charcoal sticks to a fine (120 microns) powder. Mix with water or other binding agents for brilliant effects.  You can use brushes or your fingers! Suitable for use on paper, card, canvas or any o…
Coates Willow Charcoal 30 Short Sticks (3-12mm) Coates Willow Charcoal 30 Short Sticks (3-12mm)
£4.75
Out of stock
Coates Willow Charcoal Assorted Short Sticks varying from 3mm to 12mm in thickness Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for a variety of lines and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Coates Willow Charcoal Extra Thick Sticks - 4 (12-14mm dia) Coates Willow Charcoal Extra Thick Sticks - 4 (12-14mm dia)
£5.16
£4.95
Out of stock
Coates Willow Charcoal Extra Thick Sticks - 4 sticks of varying sizes between 12-14mm diametre. Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for bold lines and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Coates Willow Charcoal Jumbo Stick Coates Willow Charcoal Jumbo Stick
£2.59
£2.10
Out of stock
Coates Willow Charcoal Jumbo tree stick is one large mark maker 16-24mm thick Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for bold lines and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Coates Willow Charcoal Medium Sticks - 25 (4-6mm dia) Coates Willow Charcoal Medium Sticks - 25 (4-6mm dia)
£5.28
£4.99
Out of stock
Coates Willow Charcoal Medium Sticks - 25 sticks of varying sizes between 4-6mm diametre. Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for line, shading and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Coates Willow Charcoal Scene Painters Sticks - 12 (7-12mm dia) Coates Willow Charcoal Scene Painters Sticks - 12 (7-12mm dia)
£6.25
£5.95
Out of stock
Coates Willow Charcoal Scene Painters Sticks - 12 sticks of varying sizes between 7-12mm diametre. Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for a variety of lines and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Coates Willow Charcoal Thick Sticks - 12 (7-9mm dia) Coates Willow Charcoal Thick Sticks - 12 (7-9mm dia)
£4.60
£4.49
Out of stock
Coates Willow Charcoal Thick Sticks - 12 in a box of varying sizes between 7-9mm diametre. Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for line work and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Coates Willow Charcoal Thin Sticks - 25 (2-3mm dia) Coates Willow Charcoal Thin Sticks - 25 (2-3mm dia)
£3.95
Out of stock
Coates Willow Charcoal Thin Sticks - 25 sticks of varying sizes between 2-3mm diametre. Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for fine lines and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Derwent Charcoal Pencils Light, Medium & Dark Derwent Charcoal Pencils Light, Medium & Dark
£2.04
£1.75
In stock
Derwent Charcoal Pencils : Light, Medium and Dark Charcoal pencils offer more control than sticks of charcoal and are a popular addition for expressive drawing and life drawing  allowing you more control.  This traditional art material is encased in quality wood. With the choice of light, medium and dark charcoal, you have everything you require to add different tones.
Derwent Compressed Charcoal Blocks Light, Med, Dark Derwent Compressed Charcoal Blocks Light, Med, Dark
£1.37
In stock
Derwent Compressed Charcoal is a block of pure charcoal. Use the side for wide sweeping strokes, or use the ends to create finer lines. You can also use it with Derwent other charcoal products to create a variety of charcoal effects in your art. A solid square block of pure, reformed wood charcoal. Available in Light, Medium and Dark Charcoal Blocks
Derwent Groove Cube for Chunky XL Blocks Derwent Groove Cube for Chunky XL Blocks
£3.49
Out of stock
Groove Cube for creating lines with your Derwent XL blocks. Creates expressive lines with Derwent XL Instructions: run your Derwent XL block along one of the ridge sections to carve grooves in the block surface. See what line pattern appears on your paper and let your imagination go!
Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils - Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils -
£2.09
£1.73
In stock
Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils Traditional Charcoal Pencils with a hint of colour. These charcoal pencils give a whole new twist to one of the earliest drawing mediums which is still as popular today as it has ever been. Combining the rich, expressive qualities of charcoal with a gentle hint of colour, these easy to use pencils offer drama and subtlety in one drawing tool. Few materials produce s…
Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils Set of 12 Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils Set of 12
£22.69
£17.63
2 in stock
Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencil Tin Set of 12 Assorted Colours Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils Traditional Charcoal Pencils with a hint of colour. These charcoal pencils give a whole new twist to one of the earliest drawing mediums which is still as popular today as it has ever been. Combining the rich, expressive qualities of charcoal with a gentle hint of colour, these easy to use pencils offer d…
Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils Set of 24 Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils Set of 24
£45.35
£28.00
Out of stock
Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils Traditional Charcoal Pencils with a hint of colour. These charcoal pencils give a whole new twist to one of the earliest drawing mediums which is still as popular today as it has ever been. Combining the rich, expressive qualities of charcoal with a gentle hint of colour, these easy to use pencils offer drama and subtlety in one drawing tool. Few materials produce s…
Derwent XL Charcoal Block Set x 6 Assorted: Ochre Sanguine Violet Sepia Black & White Derwent XL Charcoal Block Set x 6 Assorted: Ochre Sanguine Violet Sepia Black & White
£22.52
£18.50
Out of stock
Derwent XL Charcoal blocks Set 6 Assorted Colours in Derwent Metal Tin This chunky coloured charcoal is an artists charcoal that will give you a whole new way of drawing. Blocks of charcoal give mark making freedom from powerful lines, to subtle gradients. Derwent XL Charcoal combines the natural qualities of charcoal with the strength and body of a chunky block. Soft meets strong; agile meets bol…

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Soft Charcoal Pencil from Caran D'Ache How not to get so messy with charcoal.  You will make dark marks with this soft charcoal lead.  The actual charcoal inner lead is a generous size and there is a good quality wood exterior casing.  The pencil will require sharpening before use.
Charcoal Extender - a great artist tool. We have tested the size and the perfect fit is the medium width Coates Willow charcoal.  You can use this is different ways, either to fit small pieces of broken willow charcoal - waste not want not!  Alternatively if you fit a longer length of charcoal you have the advantage of being able to stand away from your work and draw.   This charcoal holder is spe…
Coates Charcoal Powder 125ml Glass Jar  NEW Water-Mixable Artists Willow Charcoal Quality A new quality product from Coates, this versatile charcoal drawing product has been made by grinding their willow charcoal sticks to a fine (120 microns) powder. Mix with water or other binding agents for brilliant effects.  You can use brushes or your fingers! Suitable for use on paper, card, canvas or any o…
Coates Willow Charcoal Assorted Short Sticks varying from 3mm to 12mm in thickness Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for a variety of lines and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Coates Willow Charcoal Extra Thick Sticks - 4 sticks of varying sizes between 12-14mm diametre. Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for bold lines and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Coates Willow Charcoal Jumbo tree stick is one large mark maker 16-24mm thick Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for bold lines and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Coates Willow Charcoal Medium Sticks - 25 sticks of varying sizes between 4-6mm diametre. Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for line, shading and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Coates Willow Charcoal Scene Painters Sticks - 12 sticks of varying sizes between 7-12mm diametre. Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for a variety of lines and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Coates Willow Charcoal Thick Sticks - 12 in a box of varying sizes between 7-9mm diametre. Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for line work and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Coates Willow Charcoal Thin Sticks - 25 sticks of varying sizes between 2-3mm diametre. Rich, soft, dark black markings. Useful for fine lines and gestural marks. Please note that this is a natural product,sometimes prone to breakage and irregular in shape. The broken bits tend to add to your mark marking!
Derwent Charcoal Pencils : Light, Medium and Dark Charcoal pencils offer more control than sticks of charcoal and are a popular addition for expressive drawing and life drawing  allowing you more control.  This traditional art material is encased in quality wood. With the choice of light, medium and dark charcoal, you have everything you require to add different tones.
Derwent Compressed Charcoal is a block of pure charcoal. Use the side for wide sweeping strokes, or use the ends to create finer lines. You can also use it with Derwent other charcoal products to create a variety of charcoal effects in your art. A solid square block of pure, reformed wood charcoal. Available in Light, Medium and Dark Charcoal Blocks
Groove Cube for creating lines with your Derwent XL blocks. Creates expressive lines with Derwent XL Instructions: run your Derwent XL block along one of the ridge sections to carve grooves in the block surface. See what line pattern appears on your paper and let your imagination go!
Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils Traditional Charcoal Pencils with a hint of colour. These charcoal pencils give a whole new twist to one of the earliest drawing mediums which is still as popular today as it has ever been. Combining the rich, expressive qualities of charcoal with a gentle hint of colour, these easy to use pencils offer drama and subtlety in one drawing tool. Few materials produce s…
Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencil Tin Set of 12 Assorted Colours Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils Traditional Charcoal Pencils with a hint of colour. These charcoal pencils give a whole new twist to one of the earliest drawing mediums which is still as popular today as it has ever been. Combining the rich, expressive qualities of charcoal with a gentle hint of colour, these easy to use pencils offer d…
Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils Traditional Charcoal Pencils with a hint of colour. These charcoal pencils give a whole new twist to one of the earliest drawing mediums which is still as popular today as it has ever been. Combining the rich, expressive qualities of charcoal with a gentle hint of colour, these easy to use pencils offer drama and subtlety in one drawing tool. Few materials produce s…
Derwent XL Charcoal blocks Set 6 Assorted Colours in Derwent Metal Tin This chunky coloured charcoal is an artists charcoal that will give you a whole new way of drawing. Blocks of charcoal give mark making freedom from powerful lines, to subtle gradients. Derwent XL Charcoal combines the natural qualities of charcoal with the strength and body of a chunky block. Soft meets strong; agile meets bol…