Well, this is my first blog post in a very long time as I’ve been totally swamped lately with launching a magazine, Tiny Pencil! If you haven’t heard about it yet, the best way to find out more is to visit the Tiny Pencil website here. It’s a regular printed anthology that celebrates all things graphite. You can find out lots of info on the website about which artists are featured in the first issue, where Tiny Pencil is stocked and how to buy it online (our shop is here.) We’re also running a series of interviews with our issue 1 contributors so if you’re interested in pencil as a medium there’s a wealth of information to be found there on how different artists use pencil to create their images.
We launched the first issue just over a week ago at the fabulous Gosh Comics in Soho, which was a great event featuring live drawing by some of the contributors and a prize giveaway thanks to our generous sponsors Derwent! The first issue has been selling brilliantly which we’re really pleased about.
Here I am at the launch with my co-editor Amber Hsu…
I thought I’d show my piece that I did for Tiny Pencil here. It was a two-page comic inspired by a hike I went on several winters ago in the Scottish Highlands where my mum lives. I love wilderness and I wanted to capture the feeling I get when I go walking in places far from other human beings. I love the feeling of being small in the face of nature… it’s kind of peaceful out there in the wilderness but also somewhat scary! So here it is. (I’m afraid the lettering is quite small… it’s meant to be small when printed so it looks extra-small on-screen…)
To finish, here are more shots of the first ever issue of Tiny Pencil, which I’m immensely proud of… plus an image of the launch and a behind-the-scenes look at my work as a small-press publisher :o)