Tuesday, May 14, 2013

grab a ball point pen

My husband Andy is an EXPERT at drawing with a ball point pen so I asked him to help me put together
a swatch guide, with his favorite techniques for using a blue ball point pen in drawing and sketching.

1. Shade dark to light  2. Cross hatching 3. Scribbling  4. Make use of different types of lines and weight of lines 
5. Dark cross hatching or concentrated pigment 6. Hold pen as flat as possible when shading

6. Hold pen at 45 degree angle to shade 7. Use fine details and shading along with lines 
8. Use cross hatching along with lines  9. Shade in the direction of a shape or object 

Head on over to Andy's blog to see more of his ball point pen drawings!


silly old suitcase said...

This is beautiful!
It's almost scary to see Andy draws like my father did.
Making drawings only by doing cross hatching with a black
I have two of drawings on my wall: Jimi Hendrix on stage
and a close up of a guitar playing man.
People think these are pictures but when they look close they are surprised to see how it's only made by hatching.
Unfortunately my father died 7 years ago.
I'm happy to see this way of drawing is still alive ;-)

Pudding Zilvy said...

Ooooooh woooow!!!
That's incredible, beautifull!!

Alet said...

Beautiful! I love this medium

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It's almost scary to see Andy draws like my father did.
Making drawings only by doing cross hatching with a black cheapest runescape gold

turquoisetepidteadrop said...

That's not technique, that's talent. Wow, he is gifted!

Sue Marrazzo Fine Art said...

YOU are so creative...I Love it!

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A bird in the hand said...

Stunning! The portrait of Miles Davis took my breathe away.

Eniko said...

Wow! Who knew? I never would have thought of drawing with a ballpoint pen! Lovely work by Andy!

Sharon Hermens said...

Have you ever checked out Andrea Joseph's blog. She's a sketcher from England. She uses pens, pencils, etc in her sketches. I think you would enjoy seeing her work. I enjoyed reading your blog today. I will come back.

Caatje said...

That eye just blows me away!

studioGypsy said...

fantastic!! showing my boys these!! seems right up their alley with a ballpoint pen!! :D xoxo thankYOU!!!

Teddi said...

great post alisa! informative, and inspirational. andy's work is awesome. i checked out his blog too. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm always in awe of those who can master and enjoy ball-point pens. Personally you couldn't GIVE me one -- they blob ink, aren't a fine enough point and they smear.

Joan Princing Art said...

WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! That about says it all.

Lathelize said...

I like to draw sometimes with a ball point. It's a very intersting density

Robin said...

Wow! I loved looking at all the drawings done with a ball point pen. The most I have ever done is doodle in meetings. These drawings are beautiful. Thank you for sharing and all the tips. I'm ready to give it a try!

Rose said...

Epoustouflant !!!!

Anonymous said...

beautiful...who knew, well not me :)...I'm going to have to give this a try!!!

Frank Schiavelli said...

Very Nice drawings

That is really interesting,best writing ballpoint pen make this possible because they are easily accessible to everyone!

Col said...

I love what you can do with a simple ballpoint pen. I am inspired to have a go myself. I usually draw in pencil but recently did an ink drawing of a friend's house as part of their Christmas present. They haven't seen it as yet so 'shhhh!'

I am a jazz fan so I particularly like what you have done with the sketch of Miles Davis. I will probaly attempt a sketch of Miles myself, using your techniques, if that's alright with you. I have a Blog on Blogger myself if you'd care to have a look.


Unknown said...

I never knew that ballpoint pens can be used for such a beautiful artistic work......keep it up (y)


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