Earlier this year, Palomino introduced a third member to their Blackwing family. For those who aren’t familiar with these pencils, Blackwing was a pencil first introduced by Eberhard Faber in the 1930′s. The pencil was manufactured until 1998 when it was discontinued but not forgotten. Original Blackwing 602 pencils were selling for upwards of $40 apiece until Cal Cedar worked to reintroduce a modified version of the original Blackwing in 2010. The retro “602″ was then introduced in 2011 to be closer to original design and now the Pearl makes three and is said to be somewhere in between the Blackwing and the 602.
I have tried the first two but have not yet had the opportunity to try the Pearl. I like the softer smudgier dark lead of the Blackwing for sketching and the slightly firmer lead of the 602 for writing.
What do you think about these pencils?
Our reporter style Rhodia dotGrid Webnotepads can easily be used vertically or horizontally. Which way are you using yours?
- Hard-back Italian leatherette covers in orange or black
- Luxury 90g ivory vellum paper, super smooth, acid-free, pH neutral
- Light grey dot grid with 5mm intervals
- 96 micro perforated sheets
- Matching elastic closure holds pad secure
- Two sizes: pocket or palm A6 – 3 ½ ” x 5 ½ ” (9.0 x 14.0 cm) and A7 – 3 ” x 4 ¾ ” (7.5 x 12.0 cm)
While I’m not a beer drinker myself, I am completely amazed at the number of craft beers currently available. After a quick Google, I discovered Dirty Granny to be a hard cider which is made by Matilda Bay Brewing Co. in Port Melbourne, Australia.
When I think of hard cider, I think of bonfires and chilly weather…
Do you enjoy craft beverages? Which are your favorites?
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I intentionally brought a notepad with me when I went out for breakfast yesterday morning and as I worked to put pencil to paper I was pulled back by a distracting “beep beep beep ungh ungh crash”. Music is playing and there is a room full of chatty people but I can still hear it- because it’s pretty loud. I look around to see where it’s coming from and I almost missed the little boy sitting in the booth across the room next to (I assumed) his father. A boy so little that his head wasn’t above the table. I could see him holding some kind of portable gaming device which I quickly determined to be the cause of the noise.
I did my best to ignore it and had pondered saying something to the waitress but ultimately I didn’t.
How are you with working in public spaces? Are you able to easily overcome the distractions?
Image above courtesy of Eva Peters. Follow her as Public_Eva on Instagram or visit her on the web. Photo taken at Urban Espresso Bar West.
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I don’t usually fiddle with compasses and rulers, preferring instead to do all of my drawing freehand but after being inspired by a friend to try a little Art Deco style of doodling, I decided to give it a go on a dotPad.
This prompted me to wonder how the designers of that period doodled their own early sketches – did graph paper exist at that time? Though I’ve found some conflicting info, it seems as though “coordinate paper” was first used in the late 1790′s and so some form of it was likely available in the 1900′s.
I then had to quickly school myself on the differences between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, as I almost incorrectly named this post “Art Nouveau on a dotPad”. The simple answer is that Nouveau came first (early 1880′s) with designs that were more organic and inspired by nature than Deco’s sleek, straight and symmetrical lines. Continue Readering »
Our Rhodia Journal Swapping friend Andrea, (biggaydragon on Instagram) posed an interesting question within the tags of this Instagram pic: #howmanypensisreasonabletotakeonvacation? I hear you Andrea. For the week long art intensive I just took I literally spent weeks trying to decide what to take and now that it’s over, I can honestly say that I used less than half of what I packed.
How much is enough when traveling? Do you have specific pens/pencils that you enjoy traveling with? Please share!
This image from Aaron Delcourt of a Blackwing 602 pencil is my choice for best pencil picture to date!
“I use my Blackwings for writing my manuscripts. I write all of my manuscripts on standard sized index cards in pencil (Blackwings, 602′s, and Dixon Ticonderogas). In fact, I’ve just finished my first full length novel using this index format. It’s preferable because I can write the material out of order, which allows me to more actively control the flow of the story and themes. I’m currently working on a typed rewrite which I’m hoping to publish soon. The pencil in the photo was sharpened with a box cutter towards the end, and believe it or not I actually used it until it was unsharpenable. This is the back side of one of my index cards. I do this whenever I can’t remember how to spell a word.”
With just over a month of summer still left, it’s hard to believe that school starts up this week for some lucky students. Or should that read lucky parents? I myself don’t ever remember starting school earlier than Labor Day, an American holiday observed on the first Monday in September.
School supplies back in my day (70s-mid 80s) were somewhat simple: loose leaf paper, #2 pencils, Trapper Keeper three-ring binders, EraserMate pens and smelly erasers. As much as I detested going to school, I always loved back to school shopping.
One thing I remember about the beginning of the school year was covering our textbooks with brown paper bags from the grocery store and then decorating them with the names of favorite bands or of a latest crush.
What is one of your favorite or no so favorite back to school rituals for you or your children?
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It is now time that your favorite pencils got a Rhodia Fan photo page of their very own! Favorite Pen has been our most popular photo page for pretty much forever, (followed 2nd by In Your Bag) and I think it’s time we gave the pen people a run for their money. All you have to do is send me a photo of your favorite pencil – any brand of wood, mechanical, etc., via e-mail with the subject line “My Favorite Pencil” to stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com to be included in our new gallery.
My favorite pencil? I’m still trying to figure that out but I am definitely a fan of the Palomino’s and the Hi-Uni!
I finished a sketchbook yesterday, one that I’d started around June of last year. As a total paper junkie, it’s a big deal for me to finish a sketchbook because I tend to have at least 8 different books (in a variety of sizes and paper types) going at all times and it often seems like I’ve been working in the same books for years with no end in sight.
I don’t have the same type of rituals for finishing a sketchbook/starting a new one as I do with my notebooks – my only “thing” is to make sure I have another one ready to start if it happens to be one of my favorite books. I do try and keep my notebooks/journals separate from my sketchbooks in that I may may make art in my journals but I don’t typically write in my sketchbooks.
Looking back through old sketchbooks is interesting in that I think it’s easier to see growth (artistic or otherwise) since the means of expression is primarily visual.
Do you doodle/draw in your notebooks or keep a separate sketchbook?
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While the ink is drying up in all of my fountain pens, 2013 for me has most definitely become my year of the pencil. I’ve got *piles* of them. (Albeit small piles, they seem to be everywhere in both my house and studio.) While I’m still trying to work out my favorites, I can tell you that so far I am quite fond of the 0.7 Super Hi-Polymer 2B Pentel leads that I have loaded into two different mechanical pencils and for a close second, California Republic Palomino’s in 2B or B.
See the Blackwing pencil above? You know the story about them, right? Eberhard Faber began manufacturing them in the 1930′s and stopped production in 1998. These pencils were so well loved that a single pencil was commanding upwards of $40 on Ebay. People longing for their favorite brand of pencils began to notice a similarity in Palomino’s pencils and eventually, Palomino decided to re-inroduce the beloved 602 as well as a similar version, “The Blackwing” with a slightly softer lead geared towards artists.
I’ve tried both the Blackwing and the 602 and while I want to love them for the sake of nostalgia, they feel a little unbalanced in my small hands with their large eraser/ferrule. I agree that the Blackwing is pretty sweet for sketching.
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Though I’ve had one or two of these kneadable erasers (aka: putty rubbers) lying around for what seems like forever, it’s only recently that I’ve begun to fall in love with them. Slightly reminiscent of the Silly Putty of our childhood, this slightly sticky, moldable eraser works by absorbing graphite, charcoal, pastel, etc., and does not leave crumbly bits when used.
Have you ever tried one of these?
These erasers are often used in subtractive drawing techniques- a brief tutorial can be found here: