Entries tagged “pencil.”

Join me at FiftyThree’s Portland Remixer, February 26

FiftyThree makes some really neat stuff, like Paper, Pencil and Mix. Together, these tools provide what is easily my favorite drawing experience on my trusty iPad.

So I’m understandably honored that the fine folks at FiftyThree asked me to present a brief sketching workshop at their Portland Remixer this Thursday, February 26.

From the event description:

Come meet the FiftyThree team in Portland. We’ll have food, drinks and a special featured creator who will give insight into their work. Bringing your iPad is highly recommended for some remixing fun, learning how to get the most out of Paper and Mix, and meeting fellow creators. We’ll be at the Oregon Story Board office inside OMSI. We’ll be giving away a Pencil stylus to one lucky attendee. Hope to see you there!

I’ll be sharing some fast and easy techniques for drawing cartoons with Mix, Pencil and Paper. My Mix profile shows a bit of the tomfoolery you can expect.

The fun starts at 6pm at the Oregon Story Board office inside OMSI Phase 2. All ages are welcome.

More info and RSVP

A pencil named Excalibur

Charcoal self-portrait from my art school days, “Excalibur” in hand.

Brand loyalty’s a funny thing. I don’t mind switching between Windows and OS X on a daily basis. I request Coke out of habit, but you could hand me a Pepsi (or even an RC) and I wouldn’t care to correct you.

But mechanical pencils? Give me Pentel Twist-Erase 0.9mm or give me death!

I’ve used these pencils since they were recommended to me in an extracurricular figure drawing class I took during high school. I jokingly referred to my first as “Excalibur,” and the nickname stuck.

A few reasons why I love this pencil:

  • It’s easy to hold, with the right circumference and an understated but functional rubber grip.
  • The 0.9mm lead is closer to the width of a traditional pencil tip than the more common 0.5 and 0.7mm sizes.
  • You can twist the far end to extend the length of the eraser. Refills are infrequent, and replacement erasers are much harder to misplace due to their size.
  • They last a long time. I’ve only broken one after 5 or 6 years of daily use.
  • They’re extremely affordable and easy to find online or at any office supply store.

After Matt Bepler mentioned the pencil in a comment, it seemed like the right time to sing the praises of one of my favorite tools of the trade.

Now I’ll just bide my time until that Pentel endorsement deal comes rolling in…