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Supplies: Palomino Blackwing Pencils
Supply Review: Blackwing

 

As an illustrator of letters, I find myself always going back to my tried and true art supply: the pencil. Pencils are the perfect tool to capture the essence of your sketches. They come in all different softnesses, colors, shapes, sizes. Pencils effortlessly capture gesture and liveliness and can easily be erased when needed.

So what makes the perfect pencil? Well, it’s different for each artist. For me, I prefer a middle of the road softness, preferably HB or 2B. I like a pencil that keeps its sharpness and has a beautiful outward aesthetic. I love a good pencil that holds up when it’s thrown into my art bin and can travel with me wherever I go.

Enter: Blackwing. Blackwing pencils are known for their luxuriousness and smooth finish. According to Palomino, “The Blackwing pencil was introduced in the 1930′s by Eberhard Faber and was the pencil of choice for Oscar, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize winners throughout the 20th century. After it was discontinued in the 1990′s, fans began paying as much as $40 per pencil to seize unused stock. In 2010, Palomino revived the Blackwing, and it is now available in three different models.”

 


 

BLACKWING

Supply Review: Blackwing
image via Blackwing

 


 

PROS:

The Blackwing pencil has a middle of the road softness that I really enjoy. The website says that this particular model was made for artists and musicians. You can get some dark darks but also keep the value of a lighter shade if you relieve hand pressure. This pencil works really well for calligraphy practice as you can continue with the pressure and release method applied in pointed pen calligraphy. Blackwing pencils are visually stunning and hold up well with wear and tear as they are crafted to perfection. The erasers are replaceable which means your pencil can last even longer.

CONS:

They are pricey. At $21.95 plus shipping, you’re paying about $2 per pencil. If you’re a pencil snob, it’s totally worth it, though.


 

What is your favorite pencil? Have you ever used a Blackwing? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!
Freebies: Intuos Tablet Winner!

#mollyjacquesworkshop #tabletSending out a big CONGRATS to @alirmansfield on Instagram today: you’re the winner of our Intus Wacom Tablet giveaway! Please contact us directly so we can send you your tablet right away!

Freebies: Intuos Tablet Giveaway
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Are you ready for our next Wacom giveaway? We’re crazy excited to be giving away an Intuos Tablet! This tablet is perfect for working on on-screen lettering and calligraphy projects along with almost any digital illustration! I’ve had my tablet since 2008 and it’s been my absolute best friend.

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

  • Go “like” our Intuos Tablet giveaway photo on the @mollyjacques Instagram and follow @mollyjacquesworkshop (if you haven’t already).
  • Repost our giveaway photo on your own Instagram (must be a public profile) with a description telling us how you’d like to use this great product and tag a friend who also loves lettering and calligraphy. You MUST include @mollyjacques@mollyjacquesworkshop and #MJWgiveaways in the description.
  • Send us a tweet at @mollyjacques and @wacom telling us how you’d use the Bamboo Spark and use #mjwgiveaways and #wacom

WHAT YOU COULD WIN:

An Intuos Tablet

HOW WE CHOOSE A WINNER:

The winner will be chosen at random and notified here on the blog December 30th, along with the announcement of our next Wacom giveaway! The winner must have a valid email and shipment address and contact us directly within seven days of the announcement with a shipping address.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

 

Freebies: Bamboo Spark Winner!
Bamboo Spark Giveaway

Sending out a big CONGRATS to @susaneven on Instagram today: you’re the winner of our first Wacom giveaway! Please contact us directly so we can send you your Bamboo Spark right away!

Freebies: Bamboo Spark Giveaway!
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If you’ve been following along with us on Instagram, you’ll know that we have some AWESOME news: we’ve teamed up with Wacom (one of the best digital art brands on the planet) to give away some of their latest and greatest technology. Today’s giveaway: the Bamboo Spark!

“The Bamboo Spark is a smart folio with a smart ballpoint pen, and a spot for your favorite paper. It lets you write by hand, and saves your handwritten notes locally or within the cloud for editing, archiving and accessing anywhere. Press a button. That’s it. The Bamboo Spark is simple to use, and makes it easy to bridge your paper notes with the digital world.” -Wacom

 

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Personally, I’ve been using Wacom products since 2007 and I’ve been totally hooked. When I heard about their Bamboo Spark, I was thoroughly excited. I’m a big advocate of note taking and doodling and this smart folio helps me step things up a notch. Want to know what I think it’s best for? Concept sketching. Yep. The ability to take down rough sketches and thoughts while on a conference call with the client and transfer them instantly to the cloud is priceless. I can take my notes and concepts and send them directly to the client or simply to my desktop where I can continue to work.

For an artist like me who is always traveling or on the go, I jump at any opportunity to lug around less tools and still have the ability to get the job done from wherever I am with a wifi signal.

 

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HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

  • Go “like” our Bamboo Spark giveaway photo on the @mollyjacques Instagram and follow @mollyjacquesworkshop
  • On our Instagram giveaway photo, leave a comment telling us how you’d like to use this great product and tag a friend who also loves lettering and calligraphy.
  • Send us a tweet at @mollyjacques telling us how you’d use the Bamboo Spark and use #mjwgiveaways and #wacom

WHAT YOU COULD WIN:

A Bamboo Spark (worth $160!)

HOW WE CHOOSE A WINNER:

The winner will be chosen at random and notified here on the blog December 18th, along with the announcement of our next Wacom giveaway! The winner must have a valid email and shipment address and contact us directly within seven days of the announcement with a shipping address.

Good luck to everyone who enters!