Sean Malone

Pencil Talk already mentioned this yesterday: Sean Malone has passed away. Like Stephen, the Pencil Talk editor, I was very sad to hear the news. Sean was the brilliant mind behind Pencils and Music, a now offline blog he started around 2010, as well as the amazing  Blackwing Pages and Contrapuntalism blogs.

He was an accomplished musician, as you will see if you search for him on the Internet. He was not only a real life rock star, he was also a rock star in our stationery fandom niche. He even met Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell and Eberhard Faber IV.

Sean, we miss you!

Sean Malone

Small pencil notes

Just a few things worth mentioning, wrapped up in a blog post. I have already mentioned most of these on Facebook and Twitter:

The latest instalment of Sean’s Franconian adventures are now on his blog.

He also featured in the latest issue of the Faber-Castell newsletter.

I saw that there’s an iOS game called balancing a pencil. I don’t have an iPhone, so haven’t tried it out.

There’s also more coloured pencil jewellery and wire sculpture that look like pencil drawings.


Carl Barks and Faber-Castell

Faber-Castell Higgins Ink, used by Carl Barks (Image © Helnwein)

You might remember my blog post about Carl Barks. I just made an exciting discovery linked to Carl Barks that I’ve got to share with you….

If you follow Sean’s Contrapuntalism blog you already know about his visit to Faber-Castell’s headquarters. He was kind enough to get me one of these magazine, as they can’t be bought in shops. After travelling from Germany to the USA ‘my’ magazine made a trip back to Europe. This time to Great Britain.

In the ‘Tool for the Creatives‘ section the anniversary magazine is giving examples of artists who are using Faber-Castell products. One exciting discovery I made is that Carl Barks was using Faber-Castell products.

As far as I can tell this photo has been taken by Gottfried Helnwein. You can read about his talks with Carl Barks on one of his web sites.


The image of the Faber-Castell Higgins Ink has been taken from Faber-Castell’s 250th anniversary magazine. The magazine indicates that the copyright for this photo is with Helnwein. I believe that the use of this image in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.