The Art of Ballpoint: Experimentation, Exploration, and Techniques in Ink

Discover the power of the unassuming ballpoint pen in The Art of Ballpoint. Covering both history and technique, this inspiring book explores the intricate and impressive works created with a simple, everyday tool.

The book begins with a historical overview of the pen as an art medium and how it has evolved and grown in popularity. Then, several leading ballpoint artists discuss their methods, the messages in their work, and their personal connections to the pen. Examples of their work — complex and fascinating pieces that range from psychologically charged portraits to mutant animals to spectacular wall-sized abstractions — provide inspiration.

The Art of Ballpoint covers classical drawings, modern abstractions, graphic illustration, contemporary realism, and sketchbook styles. Throughout the book, step-by-step exercises demonstrate various ballpoint techniques, including line drawing and crosshatching, shading and tone, photo-realism, drawing texture and pattern, working in layers, mixing other media with ballpoint, and more.

Author — Matt Rota.

Paperback. 160 pages. 8¾" × 10¼" (22 cm × 26 cm).

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