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Ballpoint pen advice wanted!

Postby K311y » Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:35 am



Hi all! New to this forum. I have been using ballpoint pens for the last few years, and I cannot seem to get smooth, even shading down, such that would be necessary for a portrait in ballpoint. Please, any tips on how to accomplish this would be much appreciated. Here I will attach one of my attempts with ballpoint, a skull,and maybe you can point me in the right direction.

Is this art worth selling, and if not, what element is missing?

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Re: Ballpoint pen advice wanted!

Postby Singular » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:04 am

Hi Kelly,

What technique are you currentrly using for shading using ballpoint pens. I will give my input but want to hear from you first. Also, this work is very good. I think it is sellable.

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Re: Ballpoint pen advice wanted!

Postby jenn_iam » Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:47 pm

I am in agreement with Joe.. This work is definitely sellable.
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Re: Ballpoint pen advice wanted!

Postby K311y » Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:01 pm

Thank you! That's great to hear!

Joe, in this drawing I used crosshatching and build up the depth for the shadows, but unidirectional lines for the lighter areas.
I have also tried just crosshatching in later drawings, and it is smoother, but I still get 'patchy' areas.
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Re: Ballpoint pen advice wanted!

Postby K311y » Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:01 pm

Thank you! That's great to hear!

Joe, in this drawing I used crosshatching and build up the depth for the shadows, but unidirectional lines for the lighter areas.
I have also tried just crosshatching in later drawings, and it is smoother, but I still get 'patchy' areas.
Any tips?
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Re: Ballpoint pen advice wanted!

Postby Singular » Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:34 am

Your current technique is good, just keep doing it. You will improve the more your do it. Another technique would be use different thickness of pen, similar to pencil tone/value. I have used pen/ink with different point thickness to vary the values with good success. I like to use extremely thin point pen as the base and then increase thickness where I need darker values. Use that method in combination with unidirectional lines and crosshatching.
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Re: Ballpoint pen advice wanted!

Postby K311y » Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:52 pm

Thanks! I will try this.
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