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Chuck Jones’s Favorite Pencil Is Back!

A few of the Blackwing 602 pencils used by Chuck Jones.

Did you even know it was gone?  Maybe, maybe not, but the truth of the matter is that not only was the Blackwing 602 Jones's favorite pencil but it was also the favored writing tool of author John Steinbeck and musical theater genius, Stephen Sondheim.  Anyway, there's a wonderfully informative article about the fortunes (and misfortunes) of this very popular pencil in the current CNNMoney online news source.  

The brouhaha over Blackwing pencils – May. 19, 2011.

Here's a photo of Chuck Jones's hands with a Blackwing 602.

Chucks Hands-001 with copyright

Image of the Day: The Hands of Chuck Jones

Artists' hands are a tool as much as the pencil, brush, or mouse are and they reveal much about the artist's personality and character just in the way they hold their instrument, or touch the paper, even in a still image such as this one of Chuck Jones at his drawing table in his home studio. 

Chucks Hands-001 copy 

When you see Chuck Jones' hands, the left holding the paper in place, the right with his favored pencil (the Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602, no longer in production) it's easy to imagine that you hear the gentle scratch of lead on paper, and witness the brisk, sure movement of his hand delineating the character of Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny as surely as someone who completely understands their motivations, personality tics and eccentricities as he does his own. 

Image of the Day: Daffy Duck, Part 5

DDMI-01-012 copy

“…unlike so many animated characters, Daffy doesn’t wear gloves.  His hands have a thumb like a human thumb and pointy fingers that are a cross between human fingers and a bunch of feathers.” –Chuck Jones writing in Chuck Reducks, Drawing on the Fun Side of Life

Graphite on note paper, drawing by Chuck Jones