Scribbling for Creative Inspiration

Let your creative mind loose with Art of Ballpoint! Learn how to not only create art using a ballpoint pen, but how to find your creativity through fun art exercises.

Ballpoint Pens, Art of Ballpoint

The idea of this assignment is not to think, but draw.  Let the motion of the wrist create the marks in a free-flowing manner.  This first step is meant to facilitate the mind frame to not be afraid of making a “bad drawing.”  It frees the artist of the idea that a drawing is a “precious” thing, and allowing the mark to lead the drawing, and the motion of the wrist or arm to control the mark, accomplishes this.
Scribble 4, Art of Ballpoint

Once the initial scribble is down, a type of mark will be evident; a texture or a feeling from the mark will become obvious and will become the basis for the rest of the drawing.

Scribble 5, Art of Ballpoint

Begin to build the drawing up following the initial marks and begin to look for a form. This does not need to be a three- dimensional form, but more a point of interest.
scribble 1

The drawing may become a bit of a mess, so once this point is reached, try to define the parts of interest with more clarity. Refine and define these parts. Do not be afraid of overdrawing, as this is really just a sketch.
Scribble 2, Art of Ballpoint

This drawing should be pushed further than is comfortable. If the drawing looks finished, continue to work. Go beyond what is comfortable, or “pretty”; this will possibly ruin the drawing, but it will also help reveal new possibilities. It will also stretch the concept of what “done” means in a drawing and allow for more confidence in subsequent drawings.

Scribble 3, Art of Ballpoint

This is a practice that should be repeated multiple times, and quickly without thinking too much about it. Try it at least four times in one sitting. By the last drawing, there will be a certain abandon in the process, a looseness and confidence, as any anxiety about messing up the drawing will be overcome. This looseness is not something applied only to abstract scribbles in a sketchbook, but also helps in representational drawing and drawing from life. It will do two things: help with understanding how far a drawing can go before it is overworked and alleviate the fear of mark making. This is particularly useful with ballpoint because it cannot be erased, and the marks laid out on the page are permanent.

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The Art Of Ballpoint Cover Page ArtThe Art of Ballpoint offers a historical perspective of the pen as an art medium and how it has evolved and grown in popularity. The book features several leading contemporary ballpoint artists who are creating complex and provocative masterpieces. They discuss their methods, the messages in their work, and their personal connections to the pen.

These fascinating pieces range from psychologically charged portraits to mutant animals to spectacular wall-sized abstractions. The chapters cover classical drawings, modern abstractions, graphic illustration, contemporary realism, and sketchbook styles.

Interspersed throughout the book, ballpoint techniques are demonstrated through stepped-out exercises that explore line drawing and crosshatching, shading and tone, photo-realism, drawing texture and pattern, working in layers, mixing other media with ballpoint, and more. Glide through this inspiring book and enjoy the intricate and impressive works created from an everyday tool.