J

I’ve lost my pencil case with my drawing ballpoint pens in it. This is a major disaster. It’s taken me several days to replace my 4 colour Bics (especially the one with turquoise & light green) and I can’t find another golden yellow ballpoint anywhere. Paperchase don’t make the one I had any more. Aargh! I don’t know what happened to my pencil case but very afraid someone (not saying who) accidentally knocked it into a bin bag when emptying the rubbish bin under my desk… So making do while I rebuild my ballpoint pen collection. Moral of the story is to treasure your precious drawing supplies and guard the hard to replace ones jealously.

This is J from the Museum by Sktchy app, drawn with the three Bic 4 colour ballpoint pens I’ve replaced.

Luis

This is Luis from Sktchy drawn with Bic 4 colour ballpoint pens. I made a mess of his hair – a series of poor decisions about how I was going to tackle it… But I like how a lot of the face shading worked out. I’m getting better at representing the different planes of the face with just vertical lines and it worked well with this expression.

Raúl

I do like doing simple ballpoint pen hatching. There’s something so meditative about drawing all those lines going in one direction. This is so simple to do if you feel like having a go – just draw a simple outline of your main shapes and then fill them in building up the colour layer by layer. It’s easiest if you focus on your lightest and darkest areas first – I usually map them first with blue and then add other colours on top.

Holly Golightly

I’ve almost finished my Screen Queens themed sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2021 and of course I had to include the queen of all screen queens Miss Holly Golightly. I did dither a little bit and briefly consider including an alternative Audrey Hepburn character. I always knew I was going to include Audrey Hepburn but wasn’t 100% sure which character t draw, but the more I thought about it the more I knew it had to be Holly Golightly because she’s just so iconic. And she was a lot of fun to draw.

Kristina’s dog

I haven’t drawn a dog for a while and this one is very handsome. Not sure of the breed, a bull terrier maybe? Anyway Kristina posted the photo on Sktchy and I couldn’t resist drawing it with my Bics.

Trinity

I’m close to completing my “Screen Queens” sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2021 now. Today I drew Trinity from The Matrix, one of the most kick-ass screen icons from one of my all time favourite movies. I’ve seen Carrie-Anne Moss in many wonderful roles since but to me she will always be Trinity first and foremost.

Goldipants

This is Goldipants from Sktchy and she has such a fabulous face to draw. Sometimes I make the wrong choice of medium for a portrait but this time I think I made the perfect choice – I love how this portrait turned out with ballpoint pens. I don’t think I could have done a better job with any other medium.