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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 

15 of 15 students recommendSee All

Nice examples of ballpoint pen work and it was interesting to see the subtle layering done especially on the apple. The third technique is something I've done before in abstract but never thought to apply to hair and fur!
Sadelle Wiltshire

Contemplative Drawing, Mixed-Media, Fiber Art

I learned so much from this tutorial. I especially liked the technique for drawing hair. I can't wait to get started practicing.
Brenda Reeves

Artist and Writer

I particularly loved Margarita's own examples and to see them come into existence. The scribble technique appeals to me a lot because it is a bit messy and I usually try to work too neatly when I draw. The music drove me a bit crazy, but I like this class!
Lucy Lambriex

Photo- & videographer for the camera shy





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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