When this new material, much cheaper than the pure graphite, was coated with cedar wood to make it more manageable our current pen born . It was lacking some refinements (such as giving hexagonal shape) but that will happen some time later, in the mid-1800s.
The color pencils are made from pigments, resins and oils that give them different consistencies and capabilities, but the manufacturing process varies slightly from the one used for graphite’s.
Another story is the eraser, the special buddy for the pencil . This one could be managed risk and stains free, but, over all, could be erased. At the end with fresh bread (who didn?t use it sometime?) and later with rubber but this one was rotten easily. Until the vulcanized process, when the modern eraser was born.
The pencil can be used as example for our development process. A tool that connects the most traditional aspects from our culture with the chemical’s and engineering’s and finally with the artistic creation and dissemination of knowledge. Few things have been so important in our history.
Like any other technique of artistic accomplishment, pencil and color pencil are neither better nor more difficult than others. Also they can’t be considered less “noble” than oils, watercolor or acrylic. They are simply another technique, with its peculiarities and difficulties. We tend to think that they are almost destined for children’s scribbling, but we hope make it clear that they are not from the works shown here. They can be much more …