Celebrating all things graphite, Tiny Pencil is an independent, artist-led, anthology artzine聽&聽press聽devoted to the lead arts.
We publish themed, limited edition issues showcasing exciting and extraordinary work in graphite by both established and emerging artists.
We are always on the look out for new artists and collaborators. If your work is unusual, atmospheric, evocative, tells a story, or聽offers testament to the extraordinary greatness achievable by a simple carbon handheld, then please get in touch.聽We鈥檇 love to hear from you. We also welcome聽artists traditionally associated with other mediums to partake in our carbon-based exploits.
“Graphite has never been so cool.”聽—Neil Gaiman
“In its two-year life, Tiny Pencil has come to occupy a unique position on the small press scene, straddling the aligned worlds of comics, zines and fine art with confidence and poise.” 聽–Andy Oliver,聽Broken Frontier
“Tiny Pencil is a gorgeous, absolutely spot-on new magazine for contemporary pencil and graphite illustration.”聽—Foyles,聽UK National Bookseller of the Year 2013 & 2012
TINY PENCIL PAST & PRESENT:
Chinese-born, US-raised, UK-based artist, writer, and split personality. Has exhibited photography, illustration and sculpture in various places, and helped costume and style persons such as rock musicians and Royal Opera House sopranos.聽Has written for the聽Royal Court Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre, Islington Youth Theatre, and worked with National Theatre Studios. Awards include 2014 Film London London Calling,聽2012 Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators UV award, and a 3×3 Mag Award.聽Once also worked in a morgue.
Gareth Brookes is a a graphic novelist, print maker, textile artist, small press publisher and enthusiastic home brewer. He聽graduated in Fine Art Printmaking at the RCA. He聽makes weird, humorous and experimental graphic novels and handmade comics utilizing unusual materials such as embroidery, pressed flowers and fire. In 2012 he聽won the First Graphic Novel Prize and his聽graphic novel The Black Project was published by Myriad Editions in 2013.
John Kilburn is a freelance artist based in Falmouth Cornwall. He makes and sells his own silkscreen prints, paintings, pop-up books and comics. In 2012 John graduated with distinction from Falmouth University鈥檚 MA in Authorial Illustration and has gone on to make work for Atlantic Press Books, The Yale Center for British Art, Falmouth University and Strandline books amongst others. John is currently setting up his own printing studio with a group of Cornish illustrators and has comics forthcoming with聽Atlantic Press Books, Snuff Comix and Murmur press.
Australian-born, London-based artist, designer, and illustrator.聽After studying bronze sculpture in the wilds of Tasmania, Nick gave up on art only to re-discover his love of drawing whilst living in London, sparked by an interest in the city鈥檚 low brow art, illustration, street art and graffiti.
Heather McCalden is an artist working in photographic and performance mediums. She is currently pursuing her MA at the Royal College of Art, and will graduate in 2015 – weather permitting.聽She digs wordplay, Frank Ocean, the cinema, coffee, and boys without girlfriends. Her work deals with bodies of text and human bodies: go figure.聽You can catch things that interest her eyes at聽lesjeunesguns.blogspot.com聽or on Instagram聽@lesjeunesguns.
Ysabelle (pronounced the conventional way) is a writer, editor and illustrator from London, currently based in Hong Kong. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Creative Writing degree in 2012 and these days, she鈥檚 happy in her current positions as Art, Culture and Clubbing Editor of Time Out Hong Kong, manager of monthly literary night Liars鈥 League Hong Kong, morbid conversation killer and infamous napper. She is currently working on an illustrated novella. Find weird things on her instagram聽@ysabellecheung.
London-based聽illustrator working with clients worldwide such as Oxford University Press, HarperCollins Big Cat.聽2006 1st prize聽winner of聽Derwent’s ‘Draw a Fairytale’ competition. Has聽exhibited with Association of Illustrators, National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, and various group shows. She has been publishing her own hand-made artist’s books since聽2010聽as聽Tomatito Press. Tiny Pencil is her first editorial publishing project and one of the most exciting projects she’s ever been involved with!
Clarissa is a London-based writer and theatre-maker. She is a graduate of the Royal Court’s Unheard Voices programme and co-founder of Papergang Theatre. You can find her at www.twistsandtales.com聽and聽@clarissa_widya.
Victoria is a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed student currently pursuing an Art History degree at McGill University in Montr茅al. Naturally, she has squirrelled about the art world, temporarily finding a niche as an intern at Hong Kong’s Above Second Gallery. Ever since, she’s become a avid student of artists’ rights and public art’s place in contemporary society. She hopes that the fumes of aerosol paint cans and the yearning for kerning will follow her for the rest of her life.
SOME PREVIOUS TINY PENCIL PRESS:
“Equal parts carnivalesque and expressionistic, with the full range and texture of everything from graphic novel strips to woodland chimeras to speculative landscapes…Taken together, the works are an endearing delivery on graphite鈥檚 aesthetic promise…” —Sammy Medina,聽Fast Co.Design聽
“Not merely a book, Tiny Pencil is also an opportunity to lose yourself in the many enchanting and elaborate worlds that reside within its pages. A beautiful physical object that I guarantee you will come back to browse time and time again.” 聽–Andy Oliver,聽Broken Frontier
“This second issue of graphite anthology Tiny Pencil is a wonderful curiosity of a Thing – a big matchbox-format magazine/activity pack (free pencils! free dice!) with three little comics zines inside. Tiny Pencil is, once more, a revelation; superb quality, captivating artwork with a fantastic focus, in a unique format you’ll love.”聽—Foyles,聽UK National Bookseller of the Year 2013 & 2012