Review: Viarco ArtGraf Watercolor Graphite Set

I use pencil a lot in my design work. I use pencils to do preliminary sketches and layout mockups. I use them for edits and to do lists. I use graphite (sticks, pencils and otherwise) for more illustrative purposes and for my work in typeface design. I generally always start my fonts in pencil! I ordered this set {Global Art Materials Viarco Watercolor Graphite Set by ArtGraf } because I've been doing a lot with brush lettering. I wanted the look of pencil without the involvement of pencil lead. And, here's my solution!

This is an example of brush lettering:

Brush Lettering with Graphite

I used this set to do the above.

When I draw, I draw letters. And the typeface I'm currently working on is based on a style of brush lettering and this is what I used to draw out my letterforms before digitizing them to work on a computer.


Viarco ArtGrafI searched for a good water-soluble graphite solution and settled on this set.

It's fantastic!

Viarco ArtGraf

It comes in a nice box. The box includes a tin of water-soluble graphite, a travel brush (a paintbrush with a cap. You post the cap and it becomes a full-size paintbrush. The cap protects the bristles.) And a graphite stick.

Viarco ArtGraf

The water-soluble graphite is great for the way I use it which is basically drawing letters and figures.

Viarco ArtGraf

The tin is great. I mix the water with the graphite in the lid of the tin.

Viarco ArtGraf

And the items are small (and sturdy) enough to fit in a pencil case or bag if you travel. I really like this set.

Viarco ArtGraf


So, all that said, you should know that you can buy just the tin on its own, or other sets with different items. I would suggest considering buying a set. For example, I keep this set (box and all) neatly stored in a shelf. The box is sturdy and protects everything. It's also small enough (and the lid stays closed) if I tuck it into my laptop bag. However, it depends on how you would use it and how you would store it. At the least, the tin of water-soluble graphite is awesome.

Here's the link to one place you can find the set:

Global Art Materials Viarco Watercolor Graphite Set by ArtGraf