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Ballpoint Pen : 3 Techniques for Beginners

Margarita Bourkova, artist | dreamer | infp

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7 Videos (27m)
    • Intro

    • Hatching Technique - Layers

    • Hatching Technique - Exercise

    • Scribbling Technique - Layers

    • Scribbling Technique - Exercise

    • Stylized Lines Technique - Exercise

    • Class Project


About This Class

If you've never used a ballpoint pen for your drawings, or feel unsure about the process, this class is for you! I'll show you 3 simple techniques that will help you get used to this art medium. These techniques are great for any art style, from abstract and stylized to realism and photorealism. 


Supplies you'll need : 

  • a ballpoint pen (any color is okay!)
  • a piece of paper
  • optional : a pencil if you feel more comfortable sketching with one 

What you'll learn : 

  • the hatching technique
  • how to pile up layers of ink 
  • how to draw realistic shadows
  • the scribbling technique
  • how to draw realistic textures
  • the stylized lines technique
  • how to draw stylized hair 

Level : Beginner 

10 of 10 students recommendSee All

So creative class! I especially enjoyed watching the last technique.
Jarmo Tikka

Teacher, Designer, Carpenter, Artist

I really enjoyed this class! I saw a huge jump in improvement after going through the exercises and using the techniques. The teacher, Margarita, is engaging and involved, they helped answer any questions I had. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone looking to learn this drawing technique.





Margarita Bourkova

artist | dreamer | infp

Hello! I'm Margarita, a freelance artist based in Belgium. I create portraits and various illustrations using digital and traditional techniques.

watercolors and ink

digital art


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