Asked • 08/05/19

How does shading & blending with Carbon pencils differ from Graphite pencils?

From what I've read, carbon pencils give a more *matte-like texture* than graphite, and are a *drier media - similar to charcoal*. Graphite can become reflective when photographed and scanned so I'm surprised that carbon pencils aren't more popular. - Do carbon pencils need to be **blended differently** for a smooth gradation of tone (like willow charcoal does), or is it more similar to graphite shading? - Are carbon pencils **messy, or can a precise line be achieved** with it? - Are there any **disadvantages** to drawing with Carbon instead of Graphite?If it's not too much trouble, imagery for comparison is very welcome!

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Elise F. answered • 09/22/19

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