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Pitt Monochrome

Monochrome = Painting with one color. Any color range can be used, but monochrome drawing is mostly used for black, grey and earth tones.
All Pitt Monochrome products have maximum lightfastness!
The Pitt Monochrome assortment can be subdivided into the following areas:

  • Graphite
  • Charcoal
  • Classical monochrome earth tones

Info on the Pitt Monochrome Graphite Range of Products
The graphite range consists of blacklead pencils, graphite pure pencils and graphite crayons.

Castell 9000 Pencil
The classic pencil
16 degrees of lead hardness HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7B, 8B, F, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H, 6H

Castell 9000 Jumbo Pencil
The classic pencil in a jumbo format
5 soft degrees of hardness HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B

Graphite Aquarelle Pencil
Completely water-soluble
5 soft degrees of hardness HB, 2B, 4B, 6B,8B

Pitt Graphite Pure Pencil
4 degrees of hardness HB, 3B, 6B, 9B
The product is named graphite pure due to the fact that it is not encased in wood.
There is a plastic sleeve around the pencil to protect hands when worked with. It is not wood cased as graphite pencils usually are.

Graphite Crayons
Hexagonal crayon
4 degrees of hardness 2B, 4B, 6B, 9B

Info on the Pitt Monochrome Charcoal Range of Products
Charcoal is one of the oldest drawing materials known to mankind.

Natural charcoal
Made by carbonizing resin-free beech or willow twigs under the exclusion of air. Assorted according to diameter.
Leaves a bluish mark which is easy to wipe and to correct.
Natural Willow Charcoal Sticks 3-6mm, 5-8mm, 6-11mm, 9-15mm
Natural Willow Charcoal Pencil Soft, Medium, Hard

Compressed charcoal
Produced from a mixture of soot and clay. The blackest drawing material that can be produced.
Compressed Charcoal Sticks Extra Soft, Soft, Medium
Compressed Charcoal Pencil Soft, Medium, Hard

Info on the Pitt Monochrome Classic Earth Tones
Earth tones such as sepia, sanguine, umber and bistre were already known to the great painters of the Middle Ages. Faber-Castell offers these colors as pencils as well as crayons.

We offer two types of crayons...
Unburnt = soft and smooth
Raw chalks contain a special binding agent which give them a silky feeling with used.
The pigments penetrate deeper into the surface of the paper, but fixing may still be necessary.

Burnt = hard and brittle
The burnt crayons are harder and more brittle.
The pigments do not rub into the paper as easily, and therefore need to be fixed.

Oil-base artist pencils
No smudging; erasable only to a limited extent.
No fixing spray needed (particularly suitable for outlines).

Oil-free artist pencils
Can be wiped for added effects.
Fixing spray is required.