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Graphite Stick



Graphite stick


A Graphite stick is pencil shaped, and is made entirely of graphite. Graphite is that dark stuff you get inside a pencil (not lead – this is a popular myth).


When using the side area of the tip of a graphite stick you can shade an area more efficiently than with a pencil, as the side of the tip of the graphite stick is much larger than that of a pencil. You can easily get a quite nice soft edged effect when you use a graphite stick especially used on its side, as above.  This is in contrast, say, to more sharp edged marks from pencils. Take a look at the pictures to see these effects in action.


You can buy graphite sticks from an art shop.

  • Try mark making with your graphite stick, if you have one, in all the ways mentioned above


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