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Tiny Pencil

Tiny Pencil is a self-described “new all-graphite anthology artzine” launched by Amber Hsu in the UK. In my words, it is a fantastic new art magazine which showcases drawings composed with graphite media. There is a lot of artistic diversity, with realistic and abstract styles, cartoons and classical studies all getting a place of honour. [...] “may be compromised”

While performing a search for pencils, it’s hard to not notice the “This site may be compromised” warning that Google displays in the listing: Though I imagined for a moment that Google might be judging the marketing practices, the notice is merely about a possible malware infection.

Email, etc.

My apologies – I am far behind in responding to email. Further, the router that connected my previous mail server to the net died. It was in this state for some days before corrective action was taken, and messages may have bounced. If your message to me was returned, I did not receive it. Other [...]


The blog has taken an unplanned summer hiatus. It will soon be back!

Kozo Interior Studio walnut pencil box

A simple but very well made object from Kozo Interior Studio – a pencil (or pen) box made in walnut. A magnet in the box helps keep the lid in place. A very nice way to keep pencils.


A few years ago, I made contact with some pencil bloggers in Japan. They have always generously shared their knowledge and enthusiasm. It is a joy and relief to report that those linked to in the “From Japan” sidebar are all well.