The pastel is perfect pencil companion to soft pastel because its lead is slightly harder with less pigment. The exceptional diameter of the Conté à Paris pastel pencil (5 mm) lead gives genuine freedom of creation and has an unrivalled feel. It is preferable to Conté soft pastels and crayons when details is required for small and medium sized formats. In contrast with soft pastels, pastel pencil should not be added in successive layers of colours, but used as pure colours laid out in patchwork fashion side by side.
Conté à Paris was founded in 1795 by Nicolas Jacques Conté, who developed a modern graphite lead from a mixture of clay and graphite, which could be used for different grades of hardness. Conté later developed a graphite lead without wooden casing and worked on making colours permanent. The qualities that Conté developed in the following decades, makes the brand a true benchmark for professional artists.
Conté à Paris Pastel Pencils - Portrait - 6 Colours
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