Me and my pencil: famous creatives on their tools – in pictures

By Lili-Maxx Hager

Tracey Emin draws with a classic black and yellow striped pencil, whereas James Dyson works with a sleek mechanical one. In their book The Secret Life of the Pencil (Laurence King, £12.99) Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney photographed the pencils of 70 artists, designers, musicians and architects, illustrating the relationship between the artist and their instrument. In the foreword, William Boyd writes that the pencil is the only implement that brings out “your sense of yourself, as reflected in your handwriting – which is unique”. Cartoonist Posy Simmonds adds: “A pencil is an instrument of endless versatility. It can be soft and tentative, busy and inquisitive, hard and probing, smudging and mysterious.”

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