This week at life drawing in Danville, I decided to use ballpoint pen again. There is something about the way it feels somewhere between using an ink pen and using a pencil that keeps bringing me back to it. When I want to concentrate on really “drawing” the figure and not being preoccupied with color, it seems to be my medium of choice. It looks and feels like an ink drawing but the ballpoint and its oily ink allows for a much greater variety of tones than a nib pen or a drafting type of pen (micron). It all has to do with the amount of pressure I use (lighter pressure, lighter tone). I was using a standard ballpoint pen, in this case a giveaway pen from Manoir Hovey (a wonderful Inn in Quebec) but any ballpoint seems to work well as long as it doesn’t leak and leave splotches.
Five minute poses;
Twenty-five minute poses;