NOTICE: I have a newer pencil kit than the one described on this page.
With it, you can get all the supplies I personally use and provide in my live drawing workshops.

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Complete Contrast and Textures Pencil Drawing Kit with Instructional DVD 

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Primo Euro Charcoal Drawing Pencil Set

Featuring a Drawing by
J. D. Hillberry


I collaborated with General's Pencil Company to produce a special drawing kit that contains many of the pencils I use and recommend. The cover of the kit features a mini sample of one of my charcoal and pencil drawings entitled "A String of Memories" along with a brief guide that explains the pencils used to create the drawing.

You can order these pencil sets along with other graphite, carbon and charcoal pencils and sticks directly from my website from this page.

Inside the Primo euro blend charcoal drawing set: (Scroll down for photos.)

On the inside cover you get arrows and explanations of the pencils, blenders and the steps that I used to create the image on the cover of the box as well as the charcoal pencils, charcoal sticks, erasers, carbon pencil and sharpener listed below. I'll even personally sign the pencil set for you!

(1) Primo Elite Grande 5000 Pencil: 
This brand new pencil produces rich, dark values with no shine. Excellent for creating more contrast and realism. Students in my 2008 still life drawing workshop were able to test this pencil before it even became available to the general public. They gave rave reviews commenting on it's extremely smooth dark values.

(4) Primo Charcoal Pencils - (3  black, HB, B, 3B, 1 white):
I use these in my drawing workshops, The unique creamy formula lays down and blends easily. 

(4) Primo Sticks (3 black, 1 white):
Charcoal Sticks are great for massing in large areas and producing unique backgrounds.

(1) GBS-18 Magic Black Eraser:
This black eraser was formulated especially for charcoal. It does not smudge, cuts a clean edge and won't harm the paper.

(1) 138E Kneaded Eraser:
This eraser can be formed into any shape. Use it to keep your drawings clean and highlights bright. I also use it to gently lighten areas to adjust values and create textures.

(1) S415  All-Art Sharpener with Canister:
These are the same sharpeners we use in my drawing workshops. Designed to sharpen charcoal and carbon pencils without breaking and is able to sharpen the fatter pencils like the Jumbo Hex Carbon and the Carbon Sketch.

 Primo Drawing Set Cover

Primo euro blend charcoal drawing set


Primo Drawing Set Open

Primo drawing kit open


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I have also contracted with General's Pencil company to offer three other pencils that I highly recommend. While these aren't included in the set I highly recommend them to anyone interested in creating realistic drawings. The Kimberly 9xxb Graphite, Generals 2h Extra Hard Charcoal and the Generals Carbon Sketch pencils are three drawing necessities that I simply couldn't do without. You have the option to include these 3 pencils when you order the drawing set. 

Kimberly 9xxb extra soft graphite pencil:
This extremely soft graphite became a hit in 2008 at my workshops. Although it is graphite, it doesn't create the dreaded "shine" of other soft graphite. Produces extra smooth black values. The wider core is "Carbo-Welded" to withstand four times the normal point pressure and the specially treated cedar wood casings sharpen easily in the sharpener that is included with the Primo set.

Generals 2h extra hard charcoal pencil: 
I use this more than any other pencil in my extensive collection. It is great for creating the clean, dark, sharp edges found in much of my work. The extra hard core hard core hold an extremely sharp point without breaking or crumbling. Without this pencil, it would be impossible to create the sharp focus realism I'm known for.

Generals Carbon Sketch Pencil
This pencil is used to render the illusion of the masking tape in the "String of Memories" drawing. Combines the smoothness of graphite with the deep rich blacks of charcoal. The hardness is 4B. 

You also have the option to add a signed copy of  my drawing technique book to your pencil order.
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