Entries by John Steiner

The Best Pencil Artists on Instagram

Instagram is filled with talented artists who use it to show off their pencil prowess. Here’s a list of some of the best pencil artists on Instagram. Alice Herring, @aliceandtheredherring Alice Herring is a story artist at Dreamworks Animation. Off the clock, though, she’s snapping pictures of sketches and posting them on her Instagram account. […]

Graphite-Powered Water Filtration

One of our favorite pencil life hacks doubled as a great survival tip.  This alternative use for a pencil could help you start a fire with your car battery.  This week, we’re taking a look at another life-saving use for a pencil, courtesy of National Public Radio: filtering salt water. Scenes from films “Life of […]

The Best Faber-Castell Advertisements

Over the years, pencil manufacturer Faber-Castell has produced some genuinely inspiring print ads that blur the lines between ad and art.  One of our chosen best pencil print ads was from a Faber-Castell colored pencil campaign. Faber-Castell is one of the largest pencil manufacturers in the world.  They’re known for their high-quality colored pencils, drawing […]

Our Favorite Pencil Life Hacks

Popular blog Lifehacker.com strives to make readers’ lives a little easier.  The blog posts great deals, encouraging video and literature, technological tidbits, and creative DIY projects and more to help readers ‘hack’ shortcuts into their lives to make life simpler and to free up time. We came across a video that shows guitar players how […]

Anonymous Artist Creates Pencil-Inspired Street Art

An anonymous artist near Stroud, UK is drawing attention to a nearby field by painting its stakes into giant pencils.  This “Banksy-like” street art won the favor of the stakes’ owner, farmer Nick Dart, who had to install the posts upside-down (or “pointside-up”) in order to fix them into concrete.  Some artist saw the pointed […]

A Brief History of the General Pencil Company

The General Pencil Company has manufactured pencils since 1889.  Withstanding the World Wars, recessions, hurricanes and new ages of technology, the General Pencil Company has proven itself to be a survivor in an economic climate that tends to push out domestic manufacturers. Oscar A. Weissenborn founded the General Pencil Company in Jersey after his father […]

The Rise and Fall of the Yellow Pencil: Part 2

The historical intent of painting a pencil yellow as a reflection of high quality is considered out of date and yellow pencils are increasingly viewed as a low value commodity segment.   – http://timberlines.blogspot.com [Source] In Part 1, we discussed the yellow pencil’s rise to national icon.  We found that the now-common writing staple once had quite […]

Choosing the Right Pencil Shape

Hardness and material are important aspects to be considered when choosing a pencil.  Pencil shape, however, is often overlooked.  Though it may seem cosmetic, pencil shape affects grip, comfortability, and, for learners, writing style and technique. Picking the right pencil shape is not as daunting as it sounds.  We’re going to guide you through the […]

The Rise and Fall of the Yellow Pencil: Part 1

Like the red fire truck or the blue police car, the yellow pencil is an iconic image. We have all relied on the yellow pencil at some point, the color embedded in our very idea of what a pencil is. The burning question: Why are pencils yellow? Why not green, blue, red? Like the blue sky, yellow seems […]

642 Things to Write About: The Year 2100

For the next week, we’re going to be doing something different on the Pencils Blog. In addition to pencil news and updates, our staff will be writing short stories using prompts from 642 Things to Write About, the most popular book in the Pencils.com Bookstore. This story, by John Steiner, is based on the following prompt:  It’s 2100 […]