It’s time, once again, for put upon scenic artists to gather their Caran d’Ache Blackwoods (excellent for marking cloths) and realise with horror the short time they have to put together five full sets of scenery.
This year, the production is Dick Whittington, and the cloth above is the first to be finished this year, a doorway which will be opposite Fitzwarren’s Store in Act 1 Scene 1.
Just nine more of these, and five backcloths to go.
I don’t know much about these pencils at all – they belonged to an art teacher, who had evidently bought them in bulk.
They’re a nice size, (10mm or so across the flats) similar to the Rowney Black Beauty, which is one of my favourite art pencils. They come in the four colours depicted, red, blue, green and yellow, but all have the same “No. 227” imprint, suggesting that only the colour is different.
The short points seem to be the factory point (the red and green pencils are the only ones out of the whole batch with that useful long point).
The imprint reads “perma bonded lead PRIMEX by Cumberland England No. 227”.
I can’t find any information about them from any of the usual sources, however.
Another Derwent Graphic, this time being used in a Dog IQ Test, on 5th June’s “Countryfile” programme, from the BBC.
The Graphic is a familiar pencil in the UK (perhaps not as familiar as the Staedtler Noris) – I remember doing my Art O-level with a mixed grade set of Graphics.
Another use for all those chisel sharpened carpenter pencils, at last…
I was pleased to see one of my favourites reviewed recently on the Rob’s Art Supply Reviews blog.
The Pentel Pocket Brush is inexpensive, and a lot of fun, although I am far from mastering it, as the example above of my work shows. What I like about the linked review are the tips at the end – if you’ve ever thought of trying a brush pen, there’s plenty of useful hints there.
Since being introduced to them by Sola, of Pencils and Other Things, I’ve developed a real fondness for red/blue bicolor pencils. I’ve been using the Mitsubishi 2667, which she kindly sent me, for most of the last fortnight to mark my notes.
Pictured is a new acquisition, from Fred Aldous, the Caran d’Ache “Bicolor”, and an old favourite, the neon Wopex. They’ll be my companions as I brush up on my Pl/Sql today.