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!).
Today, while returning from work, I stopped near this tree.
The tree has a fascinating shape. Every branch of the tree looks like it decided to follow opposite direction to the original midway in its growth!
I pass from near this tree every day, but had never noticed the numerous leaves sprouting from its branches. Nature has its own way of springing back.
The barren house a few meters behind this tree was a man-made creation, and it has no such luck.
Yesterday I had parked right across the street from the centuries old Omkareshwar temple in Pune. I was sitting in the car waiting for a friend of mine. He kept me waiting for around 30 mins. I had a sketchbook and my drawing pen with me. I could finish this much of the drawing with the limited time and rapidly fading light.
Recently I came across 2 very good books on oil painting, which proved to be quite inspiring. Most importantly, they made me stop and look back at my techniques and work for some quantity.
The first book was The Oil Paint Color Wheel Book by John Barber and the other was Expressive Oil Painting – an Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes by George Allen Durkee.
Following are the two oil studies. Both are done on 7″ x 9.5″ handmade paper.
The first study of a lone tree is entirely done using a single color (Burnt Sienna) and a single hard brush. No black and white tones were used. The aim was to develop a texture using the hard brush and a well diluted single color.
This was an imaginary jungle landscape. The aim was to experiment with various hues of green.
A little sketch of an old barn. This was a full color oil painting in a painting book I bought recently. I drew this picture as a B&W interpretation of the color painting. I hope this captures the beauty of the black and white medium.
I drew this in my sketchbook using a Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.2 pen. This tool around 45 mins to complete.