The traditional drawing medium of charcoal is a favorite for many artists. Charcoal produces rich tones and high contrast. It is easily blended and erased allowing the artist to produce a variety of effects in an artwork.
While the traditional forms of charcoal are great for most applications, some artists prefer the control that you can get from using a pencil. Using traditional sticks of vine and compressed charcoal make it a bit more difficult to develop the details that some subjects will require. In these situations, the best solution may be to use a charcoal pencil.
A charcoal pencil is simply compressed charcoal material encased within a wooden wrapped pencil.