I recently came across a very interesting art book called ‘Drawing on the Right Side of Brain’ by Betty Edwards. In this book she has given a very intuitive technique of drawing a self portrait by looking in the mirror. I got the look right on the fourth attempt. Pencil on drawing paper.
I was recently browsing through a travel magazine, when I came across a photograph of a narrow alleyway in a town in Croatia. It was a challenging, yet fascinating subject. It has a lot of converging lines, many textures, different light areas, and a wonderful perspective. I drew this with ball point pens on hand made paper over a span of 2 days, 1.5 hours each.
This barren house on my way home always intrigues me. Some days ago, I had made a B&W sketch of this house and a tree on its left side. Today I made a color ball point pen sketch of this house with the red hot tree on its right side!
I made a quick outline of the tree and house, then took some photographs on my cell phone before the light faded. Then I returned home and completed the sketch.
I was extremely bored and sleepy, when I saw this half crumpled bottle on my desk. It was lying there for so many days, but I had never seen it as a model for ball point pen art … until now!
What do you do when you are stuck in endless meetings? Find beauty in the most mundane objects, of course!
Dinosaur – Ball point pen on handmade paper.
Boring unproductive meetings are when the demons in my head long to come out.
Ball point pen on hand made paper. 45 mins.
Yesterday I had a lunch with my wife in a restaurant, Metro Mix, in Pune. The walls of Metro Mix are adorned with some very pretty Mario Miranda style illustrations. While I was sitting there waiting for my food, I drew out this wall using ball pens. Total drawing time 10 mins.
Last few days, I had the opportunity to interact with, and learn from the great ball point pen artist, Shirish Deshpande. Till I saw his profile on Facebook, I had never imagined that such works of art can be created using the humble ball point pens available in the next door stationary shop.
I recently got a chance to learn the art and technique of creating a painting using ball point pens. The following are 2 sketches done during the course.
This is a beach house copied from a fantasy graphic novel. I did this to get a feel of how ball point pens behave, particularly for lighted and shadow areas.
I did this sketch as part of a practice session during the training course.
Drew these sketches back to back within a span of 1 hour, using my trusted Staedtler pigment liner 0.2 pen in my little sketchbook.
This house is from my imagination. I just started drawing as it came to my mind.
This small indoor bamboo plant was sitting right in front of me in the window, and it proved to be an excellent model (although a lot complex one!).