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Ballpoint Pen Drawing: Scribbling

teacher avatar Alfonso Perez, Artist/Illustrator/Teacher

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      Own scribble


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      Simple object


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In this class you will use a ballpoint pen to find your own way of scribbling and draw detailed objects.  It's all about letting your hand go, refining your observation skills and enjoying a very expressive and hand-crafted way of drawing. 

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Alfonso Perez



Colombian Artist.

I've been teaching for almost 10 years.

I draw every day.

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1. Intro: I have always drawn with pence, and I know a lot of people from creative and non creative fields that draw with pence all the time in their very own way. So something that it's interesting to me about giving this class, it's that it's a class about something that a lot of people do. But it's not a class that you see given too often. At least I haven't taken a class about ballpoint pen drawing before. In this case, it has to do a lot with opening the possibility for students to go from doodle thing. We're sketching something two things a little bit more seriously crafted, you know? So, um, well, welcome to the class. This is both pant drawing class, and we're gonna be focusing on scribbling, scribbling. It's a very expressive and, let's say, handcrafted way of drawing. It has to do a lot with just letting your hand go, learning out of make textures and tones with your with your pens and trusting the connection between your hand and your observation skills. While you're drawing our class project, it's gonna have to do with making a still life self portrait, which is nothing else. than making a self portrait with objects, objects that you find objects that you feel comfortable with, and you feel that they represent you in this moment and we're gonna apply this scribbling approach to that composition. To me, scribbling it's a very personal way of mark making. So that's why our first exercise, it's gonna have to do with finding your very own scribbling, approached your own language. Are you ready? Please get comfortable. Get ready. Go in mind the black I was just as soccer injury and, uh, grab your pence. Let's go. 2. Own scribble: Okay, So to begin our class, we're going to do as a simple exercise defining around scribble to find your own language. And what I want you to do is grab your favorite pen or a ballpoint pen that you feel comfortable with and a piece of paper and, um, letter size paper. If, if it's possible. And I want you, Teoh, divide that piece of paper in four almost equal parts. And in the first area, you're going to make ah, type of scribble that we're going to call the Harry Scribble Harris Trouble could be something like this. Just pointy short lines, different directions. Okay, In the second area, you're going to do our round scribble, which could be something like this. Okay, third area, we're gonna do some kind of infinite scribble, which it's the infinite symbol over and over again. Okay. And in the fourth area, you're gonna do ah different type of triple scribble, scribble that it's more yours. But here's what I want you to pay attention to in all of the drugs. Four things. First thing try to be continuous with the drawing. Try to keep your pen almost all the time on the paper drawing that's going to give you a little bit more comfortable nous, and it's going to give you a better rhythm with the trolling second thing. Try to switch the size and the direction off your scribble. So if you're going this side, try to switch. And if you're going small like this, you can stay here and then you can go a little bit bigger. Okay, third thing, we're gonna try to make different tones bright in dark tones. So maybe try to concentrate on some areas to make darker tones and then just try to make areas that are a little bit brighter without so many lines. Okay. And the fourth thing is, try to let your hand go try to let your hand get comfortable with the movement that you're making and with the pen and with the paper. Okay, that's very important, especially for the fourth area. Please try to fill in the whole area that you're drawing in and take your time. Don't rush. You don't have to be quick with this. Take your time if you want to repeat the exercise as pretty cool too, and, uh, just enjoy it. See what you find, especially in the 4th 1 Okay, right 3. Scales: Okay, so now we're going to continue with, um, on exercise. It has to do with making different grey scales or collar scales. Okay. Something like this color scale or a grayscale is the scale that goes from a brighter tone to a darker town or from a darker tone to brighter town Progressively. And we're gonna be using the pen for that. I I usedto blue pen. You can use a different one if you want to. And I've I've used two different ways of making this tones. And this is what I want you guys to practice. The first way of drawing that I applied to this one was with a lot a different line concentration. So you can see that last line concentrations gonna give you a brighter tone and more line concentrations gonna give you a darker tone. And then in the second scale, I used a different pen holding So for the darker tone, I was grabbing the pen very, very low, very close to the paper. And for the brighter scale, I was grabbing the pen very, very high. Okay, So basically, what it wants you to do is sketch, uh, some kind of a rectangle divided into six parts for the 1st 1 the line concentration, you're going to go from the bright tone to the darker town. And in the first, the 1st 1 you're going to just try to focus on concentrating or not concentrating too many lines. Okay, only on. And then for the 2nd 1 Same rectangle divided in six. And you're gonna go from dark too bright, but you're going to switch the pressure and you're going to switch the way that you hold the pen to the first. To begin with, you're gonna hold up in very low. You're gonna try to do the darkest tone that you can and that little area right there. Okay. And as long as you keep on moving or while you keep on moving, you're gonna try to hold up in a little bit higher and put less pressure to the pain so you can have a brighter tone. Okay. And on and on. Sounds good. If you want to have ah, complimentary exercise, you can do something like this. Just draw a circle divide quarter of it, and the big area, you're gonna try to go from a dark tone to a bright tone. Without divisions, we're not gonna have the divisions here. Just gonna go from Dr Bright and in the small area, you're gonna go from bright to dark without divisions, either. Okay, this is just a practice. And to warm up a little bit more before we start drumming the objects. Sounds good. It sounds good. 4. Simple object: Okay, so we're going to start working with a simple object, and I'm gonna pick my daughters plastic teacup. I want you to place that object on a white piece of paper because that's going to make it easier to draw, especially the shadows, and make sure that you're able to draw the object, observing it for a while. If you can't just take a picture of the object and look at the picture of the rest of the time, the first thing that I want you to do is draw a quick sketch off the object. Just thin lines, simple lines. Not worrying too much about the details, just wearing about the size and the composition of the object. When you're finished with sketch, you're going to start defining the darker areas of your drone. So take a look at the object. Check fourth, trick the darker areas on your object and start defining them before than anything else. You're not going to find them as dark as they would be at the end of the drawing, but you need to make them darker before the rest, and you feel that they're already defined. You're gonna go on to the mid tones and just scribbled on that. It's a very fun park. Remember to draw the shadow off your object that's going to give a sense of placement to your object. It's looking good looking good. When you're finished with your mid tones, you're going to go ahead and define a lot more the dark tones. So go back to your darker areas. I have, like three or four darker areas here and make them a lot darker. Concentrate more lines there, put some more pressure on your pen. One of the cool things about scribbling is that you can go and fix the object or just the object as you go. You don't have to do that right at the beginning. You can just make the object and change some things while you go. So keep on defining war. 30 areas keep defining the gray areas a lot more, and at the same time, what you're gonna do is that you're going to start defining the details of your object. So lines here thoughts there marks that are gonna bring out the details of your object, the edges. This edge here is really important for me, for my drawing and the dark tones are going to give your object a lot more detail, I think, especially the lines at the end. If you define the lines at the end, that's gonna make a look way cool. Dan. That's it. The object simple. 5. Project: our project has to do with objects were going to make a still life self portrait with objects. Gonna pick from 3 to 5 objects that you have or that you find that you feel they could represent you in this moment, that they can talk about this thing. This exercise is gonna take you at least an hour. So I really recommend that you take a picture off your compensation before you start throwing and look at the picture when every drop be very selective with the objects on. Also, we're gonna try to place them on a white piece of paper, a bigger business paper than the ones that we used with the simple objects. You're gonna try to place the objects in a way that you feel that they look good or that they look interesting to you in a fun way or in a way that you just like them, too. Be there, and we're going to start doing the same thing that we did with the other objects, which is a quick sketch with thin lines. And it's very important that you make a sketch of the whole composition before not just one object or to just go ahead and do this catch of the whole composition, cause that's going to give you a better structure. When you're finished with that sketch, you're gonna start again defining the darker tones, the darker areas. So take a look at your composition, defined darker areas and start drawing a connection between the objects. It's very important for this throwing and for that matter, the shadows off your of your objects are gonna be very important because they kind of connect everything. I picked some objects from my daily life from my family, so I have my daughter's shoot my older daughter Shoot me. My younger daughters bottle sold. I have Hannah's Coffee cup, my wife's come pick up and my dog, Blue Cheeto coaches toy and my hands. Nice contrast. Nice outlines a lot of scribbling outside of the objects, and this should be okay. Please post your self portrait and so we can talk about them a lot more. Thank you. 6. Closing: So that was it. That was, I hope that you enjoy the experience and they were able, from now on, to scribble a lot more, more, a little bit better. At least I'm really looking forward to seeing your self portrait and talk a lot a lot more about them because that's the fun part of of an interesting part of the experience of the project. And it will be great if we could meet again in the future, maybe in a new class about digital scribbling. We'll see about that and thank you. Thank you for joining the class by.