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"The map began as just a doodle."

In the summer of 1963 Jerry Gretzinger began drawing a map of an imaginary city. You can now use Jerry's Map to zoom in on any of the over 3,200 eight by ten inch panels of the original paper map, executed in acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, and inkjet print. This short film by Greg Whitmore takes a fascinating look at the project and the artist's process, which "is dictated by the interplay between an elaborate set of rules and randomly generated instructions." [via]
posted by Room 641-A on May 26, 2015 - 2 comments

Write on.

This is a blog about all things pencil. Sometimes pens. Paper, too.
posted by phunniemee on Apr 22, 2015 - 21 comments

2D, 3D, Whatever

Glass - Apple - Res Illusio - Squirrel - and more from artist Alessandro Diddi. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog on Dec 21, 2014 - 5 comments

scribble scribble *CLICK* scribble scribble *CLICK* scribble *CLICK*

Do you need to get the lead out? Are you having trouble getting to the point? Maybe this post all about the joys of mechanical pencils will help!
  • Dave's Mechanical Pencils is probably the gold lead standard, with reviews and links about everything related to mechanical pencils, leads, erasers, and pencil-related ephemera.
  • Vittorio Villani's Drafting and Mechanical Pencils takes more of an individual collector's approach, with many beauty shots along with the reviews.
  • All jammed up: The Old Geezer offers advice on how to clear a lead jam.
  • Leadhead's Pencil Blog focusses on antique and vintage mechanical pencils. They are works of art themselves, and blogger Jon Veley has even set up an online museum.
  • Leadholder Drafting Pencil Museum hasn't been updated in a while but is an exhaustive collection of lead-related material, including a section on the mechanics of different types of mechanical pencils.
  • If you've only seen one mechanical pencil, it was probably a Scripto.
  • The Pencil Pages is a treasure trove of pencil information and links.
  • Finally, Pencil Revolution (previously) does not limit itself to mechanical pencils but the entire pencil lifestyle. After all, a great pencil needs great paper. (Warning: the links will take you down a time-sucking, pencil, paper, and office-supply rabbit hole.)

posted by Room 641-A on Dec 1, 2014 - 39 comments

Rainy Day

Pencil and Paper Games is devoted to games you can play with nothing more than a pencil and a piece of paper (some of which can be played on the site, for those who do not have access to a pencil and paper, or remember what those are.) [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog on Nov 26, 2014 - 11 comments

Pen Paper Ink Letter Massive Review Index

Pen Paper Ink Letter is a pen and paper blog maintained by Heath Cates. Currently holding Ink Week, its best feature is a massive index of product reviews, from the blog itself and other blogs. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Aug 29, 2014 - 10 comments

Pen Ultimate

In an idle moment, you've probably drummed on a desk with your pen. But chances are middle schoolers could show you some skills. Masters like Shane Bang and many less well-known practitioners are pushing the old idea of pen-as-drumstick - Pen Beats, aka Pen Tap - to new heights. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jul 11, 2013 - 18 comments

Life drawing

One Man, 1200 Hours, and Over 100 Pencils: City Band, A Monumental Drawing by Chris LaPorte
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 15, 2012 - 9 comments

How to Sharpen Pencils

David Rees reflects on his post-Get Your War On experiences in artisanal pencil sharpening, in the wake of his newly-released book on the subject.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Apr 19, 2012 - 24 comments

Morphabet

West LA artist David Jien makes art equally informed by Chinese scrolls, Nintendo games, Lego instructions and graffiti.
posted by griphus on Sep 1, 2011 - 5 comments

Artisinal Pencil Sharpening

Artisinal Pencil Sharpening That is all.
posted by grateful on Aug 11, 2010 - 64 comments

No, REALLY get the lead out

Pencil sculptures: miniature masterpieces carved into graphite by Dalton Ghetti. previous pencil art
posted by allkindsoftime on Aug 5, 2010 - 44 comments

Pretty Damned Sketchy

Unbelievable Pencil Art by Paul Lung. [more inside]
posted by bwg on Jun 9, 2010 - 53 comments

Pencil vs Camera

Ben Heine is a Belgian painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer. His recent project, Pencil vs. Camera, is an amalgam of illustration and photography, creating something similar in a single image showing two different actions. His Flickr Photostream.
posted by netbros on May 2, 2010 - 3 comments

Fly Circus

Fly-based art.
posted by kenko on Feb 15, 2010 - 14 comments

The pictures and sketches of JRR Tolkien

The pictures and sketches of JRR Tolkien
posted by nthdegx on Sep 16, 2009 - 24 comments

Lyrics of Fury

Two pens for sticks, table for a drum, listen to Lyric bang out Let the Beat Ride. [via] [more inside]
posted by cashman on Aug 24, 2009 - 13 comments

Pencil pushers - Pencil collectors

The Art of Sharpening the Pencil (You've GOT to check out the bizarre pencil sharpener at the bottom of the page. "You'll poke your eye out!"). [more inside]
posted by spock on Oct 23, 2007 - 33 comments

How pencils are made.

How pencils are made. (Note: Link leads to a 55MB, 5.09min video, produced by Staedtler.)
posted by Effigy2000 on Sep 27, 2007 - 43 comments

Get The Lead Out

Pencil art isn't always about drawing. The first artist also uses nails. [previously]
posted by Partial Law on Dec 10, 2006 - 15 comments

All Pencils. All the Time.

All pencils. All the time.
posted by azul on Aug 27, 2005 - 37 comments

Not your grammar school doodle

Oh what you can do with a colored pencil. Colored pencils are not just for grammar school projects. Some of these drawings are pretty realistic. Others are just pretty. Who knew there is an organization devoted to colored pencil work?
posted by caddis on Mar 13, 2005 - 28 comments

No Images Were Harmed...

CSS Pencils is probably the most hardcore use of CSS I've seen - no images at all, but hey - what's that? A picture? And you can manipulate it? Live? Yep - all with the power of CSS!
posted by benzo8 on May 2, 2004 - 34 comments

Pencil Lead Sculptor

Amazing Pencil Lead Sculptor Dante Ghetti carves intricate, tiny sculptures out of the lead of draftsman's pencils, using the pencil stub as the mount for the finished piece; amazing. I realize this post doesn't offer much in the way of vigorous debate ("I like tiny sculptures" "They suck. You suck!"), but what can I say, I think it's pretty damn cool. (from BoingBoing)
posted by jonson on Nov 15, 2002 - 21 comments

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