Ballpoint Pen Art: Sketching with Pens


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Use whatever you have handy–in this case, a ballpoint pen!

Last night, I had a meeting with a couple artist/maker friends of mine, and I arrived at the pub a bit early.  Instead of breaking out the smartphone and wiling my hour away texting and surfing the interwebs, I politely asked my bartender at Caldera Public House if he might spare a piece of paper, and I set to work!

I’ve always liked sketching when in a class or waiting.  I find it to be so casual and I use whatever I have available to me.  In this case, I had one of my absolute FAVORITE sketching tools, a cheap ballpoint pen.

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Why do I love ballpoint pens?  Because, you can get exceptional levels of pressure and flow on them, and you can achieve great detail with only one drawing implement.  In this sketch, I decided to focus on what was closest to me, my silverware.  I had a wonderful martini (or two) as well, but I figured that I would need to repeatedly move my still-life subject as to make it difficult to properly draw it. Bottoms up!

Critically, I kind of wish I had kept the highlights in mind a bit better–because a good, crisp white highlight (or shiny spot) can be that one touch that makes a drawing completely POP off the page.  Another fun thing about sketching with pens is that you have to leave your lines–there is no erasing–so, you have to make things more “sketchy” and it sort of takes some of the pressure off to make it look “just right.”

Either way, I had a good time, and I didn’t even need my electronic devices to entertain myself.

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Drawing Lesson: Learn How to Draw Knuckles (Sonic the Hedgehog Character)


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I used to play a lot of video games when I was a kid, and, once the Nintendo and Sega Genesis consoles came out, everything changed. I no longer went and spent all of my money at the arcade. Instead my buddies and I played at each others’ houses and spent our money on buying consoles to share.

One of the first amazing graphic games of its time was Sonic the Hedgehog, and I taught myself how to draw Sonic. Then, as the different game sequels came out, the Sonic universe grew, and more characters were added, like Sonic’s rival, Knuckles. He was kind of the “bad boy” of the group, and I decided that kids might appreciate a quick video drawing lesson on how to draw Knuckles step by step.

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Here is the video–keep in mind to have fun and don’t worry about making mistakes!  No one is perfect, and you want to concentrate on trying to do things that most people will never even try!  Eventually, you’ll do it better than I did!

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How to Draw a Rose Step by Step Tutorial

Drawing of a Rose

This video will show how you can draw a rose in a step by step demonstration.

Remember some things when you’re drawing a rose–they are more or less a spiral that get larger on the outside and darker and more compact on the inside.  The leaves are ovals with points on one end, and have a serrated edge on their outsides.

Make sure to keep the stems solid-looking and throw a triangular thorn here and there.

These are the main symbolic aspects of a rose, and what people expect when they think of a rose.

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How to Draw Sonic the Hedgehog: Step by Step


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how to draw sonic the hedgehog

Drawing Sonic is easy and fun!

Drawing is a fun way to express creativity, and kids love to draw their favorite cartoon and video game characters, including a Sega video game classic, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Although I am a big fan of developing our imaginations and drawing the ideas that come directly from our minds, I also think it is important to learn to draw things you know and that you’re interested in.

If you’re a kid, it’s often fun to draw cartoons, and I’ve decided to show how to do that in a series of step-by-step drawing videos.

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Keep in mind that many cartoon characters are made simply by a combination of simple shapes, like ovals, eggs, and triangles, like my sketch of Sonic.

Watch (or draw  along with) the video below.

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