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The Difference Between Truth and Falsity

We stumbled upon this note from Chuck Jones the other day as we do and thought it was worth sharing with you.  His hand-writing has been translated below for your easy reading pleasure. 

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The dot makes the line.

"My little dot goes for a walk." Kandinski [sic]  (editor's note: this paraphrases a quote by artist Paul Klee, "A line is a dot that went for a walk.")

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -Mark Twain

And the difference between the right line and the almost right line is the difference between truth and falsity.

Pencils.com a New Sponsor of the Chuck Jones Big Draw

California Cedar Products/Pencils.com

Partners with Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

To Sponsor

The Chuck Jones Big Draw 

Tustin, CA—The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today that the manufacturer of Chuck Jones’s favorite pencil, Pencils.com (a California Cedar Products Company) will be a sponsor of the Chuck Jones Big Draw, scheduled for Sunday, August 7, 2011 at SOCO (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA.  Pencils.com will provide the drawing pencils for participants of the Big Draw and gift the Center’s teaching artists with its newly re-designed Blackwing 602, the favored pencil of legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones.  Jones employed the Blackwing 602 for the six decades of his storied career and was rarely seen without one.  

"Chuck Jones loved Blackwing pencils and his art epitomized the fun, creative culture that our company tries so hard to promote. We're thrilled to partner with an organization centered on inspiring the type of creativity that can lead people of all ages to a more joyous and harmonious life," stated Charles Berolzheimer, President of California Cedar Products and Pencils.com

Pencils.com is the internet's leading resource for information about pencils and the creative processes that help define them. Pencils.com aims to grow the use of pencils throughout the world by offering lessons and articles that investigate and promote creativity through writing and drawing.  Pencils.com offers one of the best pencil collections on the web, with a broad range of school, art and writing supplies from leading manufacturers, including their own California Republic family of brands. This includes the rebirth of the famed Blackwing pencil, along with its premium Palomino art pencils and eco-friendly ForestChoice writing products. 

Behind Pencils.com is California Cedar Products Company, the world’s leading supplier of wooden slats used to manufacture pencils. A fourth generation, family-owned company, Cal Cedar has been built on a tradition of excellence both in the production of superior products and in our dedication to building strong relations with our customers. 

“The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is honored to welcome Pencils.com as a sponsor of our upcoming Chuck Jones Big Draw.  My grandfather’s attachment to the Blackwing 602 pencil is legendary.  As the artist Paul Klee once said, “A line is a dot out for a walk,” and Chuck wouldn’t think of taking a walk without his Blackwing 602,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the grandson of Chuck Jones, “their support means so much to so many and we look forward to future collaborative efforts with Pencils.com.” 

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones to promote his unique philosophy of developing the creative genius that resides in all of us, utilizing his drawings, films and writings as the springboard to a more joyous and innovative life.  Through public educational programs such as the Chuck Jones Big Draw, the Center reaches out to families, students and adults through interactive programs that lead them to a more passionate, joyous, and harmonious life and world.  

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Image of the Day: The Dot and The Line

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If you had found your perfect soul mate, so perfect
in fact (36-36-36) but she refused to acknowledge your existence, what would
you do?  Would you end your rigid,
stick-in-the-mud ways and learn to bend a little?  Do you think you could learn to be a little
less ‘straight’ and a little more ‘fun’? 
Well, that’s what you would need to do to win the heart and soul of the
Dot in this 1966 Academy Award-winning short film, “The Dot and the Line”
directed by Chuck Jones and adapted from the book by Norton Juster (who also
wrote “The Phantom Tollbooth” adapted by Jones in 1970, his only feature-length
film.)

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 Working with his Warner Bros. crew at MGM, Jones
and his layout designer, Maurice Noble devised and implemented innovative ways
to animate the charming narrative of the Norton Juster book.  Using overlays, graphic design elements,
cut-outs & collage they developed a unique take on this “romance in lower
mathematics.”  


 

This inspired me today…

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Original production cel from the 1966 Chuck Jones produced and directed Oscar-winning short animated film, "The Dot and the Line," India ink on rice paper with an gouache on acetate overlay.  

"Lines are the grammar of all art.  Even in animation, all characters are born of graceful, linear drawing.  The most important discovery I made at Chouinard, one that has been shared by every artist, cartoonist, painter in history…was the ability to live by the single line–that single, honest delineation of the artist's intent."  –Chuck Jones