After the artist talk at Julie Saul Gallery I walked up to the Art Director's Club for their Blackwing Pencil relaunch party. Little did I know I would be getting plyed with booze, schooled in the history of the pencil, and be receiving free pencils. I probably would have been happy enough with just the booze, the rest was gravy.
Being that I am one of the few artists who still sketches with pencils, and since I was actually carrying two pencil drawings with me in my bag that I had just picked up from having been in the Hennessy Youngman: It's a Small Small World Show this event was right up my alley.
I had never tried the reverse camera on my tablet (the one that shoots inward, so here was a test shooting in on myself.
They had a live band for part of the night. Apparently a massive list of music composers favored Blackwing pencils. The orchestra played only music composed with Blackwings.
One wall was a giant scroll of the history of the pencil going all the way back to the ancient Egyptians.
There were also a few walls of paper to allow partygoers to draw and test the pencils out including the Chuck Jones wall. Chuck Jones used the pencils.
If your pencil's point got dull there was a sharpening station.
Old school Camera Obscura's.
They even had a Camera Lucida booth.
These ancient Blackwings were on loan from a museum and had their own guard.
I randomly ran into a fellow Art Forward Meetup art crawler Roswitha.
There was a hall of fame, I'm not sure if these people all used Blackwings at some point or if it was unrelated, but it was cool to see the artist's signatures and think of them as logos- which is what they really are.
I did end up drawing this weird little angry bird in a test book for trying out color pencils. I have been playing a lot of Angry Birds on this tablet and it's soaked into my psyche.
This was above the urinal in the bathroom.
One table had these little hard cards which you loop string into. You draw one image on one side, one on the flip side, and then twirl the strings to make it animate. I tried it out. It's the ancient form of a two image animated gif.
I left the finished product on the table with all the other drawings people had done. I went back a few minutes later to see if anyone was playing with mine. It had been either pocketed, or removed from the table. Luckily I had taken picutres of it prior to leaving it. Working properly it appeared like so.
These photos were all taken with the Samsung Note.
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