Confession time. I’m a sucker for anthologies of one or two-page variations on a theme. I also adore black and white, especially when they serve to accentuate the greys between. Which is why I grabbed a copy of Tiny Pencil #1 – The Forest Issue when I saw it on display at ELCAF this year.
Tiny Pencil is “an independent anthology artzine and forum devoted to the lead arts“, and features a stellar list of creators (including some Impossible stalwarts) gathered together to praise the versatility of the humble pencil in art. On some primitive level, this appeals to me in much the same way the Unplugged sessions or Dogme films do, as an exercise in craft, a demonstration of creative potential at its purist. Some of these visions are so intricate, so uniquely weighted, that it’s hard to believe they were made with pencil alone. But they were.
Collections like this are invaluable, for their ability to introduce new creators and new styles, for their lush production values, the impossibility of being bored by such variety, and the valuable reminder they provide of the effort that goes into making inspiration. From tiny pencils do great works flow.
Tiny Pencil #1 – The Forest Issue is on sale now in the Impossible shop.