Pencil Day

Small notes, great art

Since it was first developed, in the 16th century, the “lead” pencil – called thus in English because the shiny graphite it contained was mistaken for lead ore – has inspired countless artists time and again, turning them into fans of this seemingly mundane utensil. Vincent van Gogh, for example, the man who paved the way for modern painting, insisted on using solely Faber pencils (now Faber-Castell). And legend has it that the first word of the precocious artist Pablo Picasso was “piz”: a child-speak abbreviation of “lápiz” (Spanish for “pencil”). 

Pioneering pencil producer: Lothar von Faber

The pencil was able to conquer the world in the last century thanks mainly to the technically and commercially pioneering spirit of a German entrepreneur, Lothar von Faber (1817-1896), who turned his family-run business in Spitzgarten in Bavaria into a global brand, thus making the writing implement accessible to people from all nations and all parts of society. 

More historical information

The fourth Generation
Baron Lothar von Faber (1817-1896) The factory develops into a company with international standing.
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Pencil manufacturing through the ages
We know that pencils have been in production since the 16th century. The old manual production methods have been consistently improved, mechanized and ultimately automated.
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“Writing history” not only in ink

The famous KARLBOX
And just as it always has, it continues to enthral creative, artistic and unconventional minds. Thus the classic green Castell 9000 inspired special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi to sketch the quirky alien that moved millions of cinema-goers to tears watching the film E.T. It also prompted German Literature Nobel laureate Günter Grass to create a watercolour of a pencil holder. The current “fan club” includes the likes of British architect Sir Norman Foster, German painter Neo Rauch und fashion tsar Karl Lagerfeld, who designed the splendid “Karlbox” for Faber-Castell, effectively an haute couture version of a writing set.

Our famous pencils

Faber-Castell - Castell 9000 graphite pencil, HB
Castell 9000 graphite pencil, HB
Faber-Castell - Graphite pencil Sparkle black
Graphite pencil Sparkle black

Pencil Tutorials

Basic techniques with Castell 9000
The Castell 9000 is a top-quality graphite pencil for writing, drawing and sketching!
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How to draw the Duerer House with Castell 9000
Drawing a historical building step by step with pencils
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