Today, the wood used when crafting a pencil is still the single most important contributor to the quality of the finished product, and Incense-cedar is still the best wood in the world for that process. The benefits can be seen from tree to final pencil nub.
About Alexander Poirier
Alexander is a writer living in the Midtown area of Sacramento. Known as "Straight Edge" by some of his friends because of his adherence to the Straight Edge lifestyle, Alexander is also a tech enthusiast and social media nerd. If he isn't online, Alexander can be found stage diving at shows up and down the California coast.
Entries by Alexander Poirier
Tomorrow, Thursday December 14, 2017 marks CalCedar’s 100th anniversary. To celebrate, we’re giving away 100 gifts. Starting tomorrow, the first 100 orders that use the coupon code “100YEARS” when placing an order of $20 or more will receive a free gift with their order. These gifts range from sweet Blackwing swag, to rarities from WoodChuck’s personal archive. Here’s a full breakdown of what we’re giving away.
The Matterhorn Pencil Sharpening machine is a rotary sharpener not unlike the rotary sharpeners found on classroom walls around the world. But that’s where the similarities end. The Matterhorn is truly a machine, giving you precise control over the point of your pencil. The sharpener features a metal grip that allows it to sharpen pencils […]
This week’s featured artist is Miro Gradinšćak, a graphite pencil artist from Croatia who creates extremely detailed graphite drawings of subjects ranging from maps to pets. Miro has a knack for recreating photographic realism using graphite. He uses Faber-Castell graphite pencils ranging from 3H to 8B, as well as a kneaded eraser and blending stump […]
This week’s featured artist is David Chong, a pencil and ink artist from Singapore who creates beautifully colored pencil drawings and painstakingly detailed linework drawings. David uses graphite pencils ranging from 2B to 8B and Prismacolor pencils for his colored pencil pieces. He also uses a blending stump and kneaded art eraser for his pencil […]
This week’s featured artist is Darío Mekler, a pencil artist and painter based in Argentina. Darío creates pencil-based representations of social and political issues, but it was his pencil-based interpretations of several Edgar Allen Poe stories. The stories Darío adapted to graphite are “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Black Cat” and “The Tell Tale […]
This week’s featured artist is Jasmine Susak, a pencil artist from Hungary who creates colored pencil drawings of subjects ranging from wildlife to celebrities. Jasmina’s drawings are textbook examples of color pencil technique. In fact, she has an entire website dedicated to sharing her flawless technique with her fellow artists. Jasmina primarily uses Prismacolor Premier […]
This week’s featured artist is Sam Brett-Atkin, a pencil artist from the UK who creates incredibly detailed pencil drawings of shrubs, trees and other foliage found in nature. His Woodland Wandering series, which is on display at the EightySixd coffee shop in Ironbridge, Shropshire, features a collection of studies of woodlands and plants from the […]
This week’s featured pencil artist is Jackosaurus Rex, a pencil artist from the Netherlands who creates sketches of creatures inspired by pop-culture and his own imagination. Jack uses 0.5mm HB mechanical pencils for his graphite drawings, 0.7mm colored mechanical pencils for his color pencil drawings and a 0.05 to 0.1mm sepia or black fineliner for […]
This week’s featured pencil artist is Victoria General, a pencil artist from Canada who creates drawings and paintings of landscapes, portraits and more. Victoria’s subjects are depicted in what I can only describe as a haunting style. Solid lines and details are often obscured in favor of shading and textured strokes, giving her drawings and […]