Pencil Artist Opheliac-Noire

Pencil Artist of the Week: Ari (Opheliac-Noire)

This week’s featured artist is Ari, a pencil artist who goes by the handle Opheliac-Noire on DeviantArt. Her username is a homage to Shakespeare’s Ophelia and Emilie Autumn, a singer-songwriter, poet and violinist who influences her work. “For the colored pieces, I use Faber castell Polychromos, and sometimes Albrecht Dürer (FC watercolour pencils). I often […]

The History of the Crossword Puzzle

A Brief History of Crossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzles, like so many things I love, originated in England in the 19th century, although they were first widely published in the United States. They were a derivation of the “word square,” a children’s puzzle that looks exactly how you imagine it looking. credits journalist Arthur Wynne of Liverpool as being the author […]

Drawings by Pencil Artist Jekaterina Dancheva-Ustrikova

Pencil Artist of the Week: Jekaterina Dancheva-Ustrikova

This week’s featured artist is Jekaterina Dancheva-Ustrikova, a pencil artist from Estonia who creates biological taxonomy drawings of fish, lizards and other wildlife. Jekaterina’s drawings would be right at home in the pages of a naturalist’s field notebook, and her tools are simple but effective. “My tools are usually Derwent Watercolour pencils (I use them […]

How Pencil Sharpeners Work

Pencil Facts: How Pencil Sharpeners Work

Image courtesy of We’ve explored the mechanisms of pencils and erasers, and now it’s time to discuss how pencil sharpeners work.  If you’re exploring the site, chances are you understand just how essential our pencil sharpeners can be.  There’s nothing quite like a well-pointed pencil tip!  For many, the appreciation stops there – the […]