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Ballpoint Pen : 3 Techniques for Beginners

teacher avatar Margarita Bourkova, artist | dreamer | infp

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Hatching Technique - Layers


    • 3.

      Hatching Technique - Exercise


    • 4.

      Scribbling Technique - Layers


    • 5.

      Scribbling Technique - Exercise


    • 6.

      Stylized Lines Technique - Exercise


    • 7.

      Class Project


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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 

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Margarita Bourkova

artist | dreamer | infp


I'm margaw, a freelance artist based in rainy Belgium. I'm self-taught, and i really believe anyone can draw if they really want to! I created this channel to share my drawing techniques, my personal tips and tricks, and to support others on their creative journey. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if there's a particular technique you'd like me to teach -- i'm always interested in your feedback!

Ballpoint pens are one of my all time favorite art supplies, i really enjoy using them for almost anything : rough sketches, stylized drawings or even photorealistic illustrations. They are easy to find, cheap and, once you've got the hang of it, really fun to use. Sadly, most people aren't familiar with them... that's why i teach several... See full profile

Level: Beginner

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1. Intro: drawing with a ballpoint pen and seem really intimidating if you've never done it before. But with just a little practice of pen and some paper, you can create stunning pieces of art and gain confidence in your drawing skills. In this class, I'll show you three simple techniques. The starters in Baldwin bends clear drawings, so let's get started. 2. Hatching Technique - Layers: What exactly is a ballpoint pen? Well, the tip of a ballpoint pen contends, a small metal bowl that is constantly refreshed with ink. It's one of the most widely used types of pen. In fact, you probably already have a few ballpoint pens at home. It's very easy to create a greedy int simply by applying more or less spend pressure. The only problem is that the ink immediately dries. So if you've made a mistake, it's impossible to raise it or to touch up the drawing. That's why it's better to use layers of ink applied with very light ben pressure. And now I'll show you how to do it. For the small exercise, all Pyla players to create six different shades from lightest to darkest, feel free to trying to exercise and to practice spotting up layers as it will help you get used to the ballpoint pen. I use the same amount of pressure for rich layer, so it really is the number of layers that create a darker shades. You might still be thinking, but why not simply add more pressure? It would be faster, right? Well, that's true, but the edges would be sharper you can still see the white of the paper underneath, and overall it's rather clumsy. So it's not the best, especially if you're trying to achieve a realistic effect. So now that we've talked about layers of ink, I'll show you how to use them to create the illusion of volume. That's a delight is coming from here. From the front, I used the hatching technique to call it the three sides of the Cube. Delayer should be enough, but the drawing steel looks very flat, so I'm going to keep adding layers of hatching to create shadows and those delusion of volume. 3. Hatching Technique - Exercise: And now let's put what we've learned into practice. Choose a still life object something with a simple shape, like any fruits, a ball, a mug, something really simple. So you can focus on creating different shades of ink with the hatching technique. My first layer of ink, we'll cover everything. My whole drawing. I liked duty. So the white paper is invisible under the drawing. I think it makes the drawing looks more realistic. After that, I stopped building the layers of hatching. Since I'm basically drawing a sphere, I'm drawing curved lines instead of the straight lines in the previous exercise. That way, it's easier to create the illusion of volume. The light is coming from the left, so the darkest parts of the apple are on the right and a little bit in the middle. So in my drawing these parts will have the more layers. At this point, the drawing is starting to look really sick. I can live it like this, or keep adding as many layers as I want until I'm happy with the amount of detail I combined, hatching and cross hatching to make it look even more like a sphere. And I keep adding shadows 4. Scribbling Technique - Layers: random scribbles can also create the illusion of volume in drawing. This time I'm drawing a sphere with delight. Coming from a buff again, I start with the first layer of ink and then several layers on top of it for the shadows. This technique is very similar to the hatching technique in its execution, but creates a very different visual result, and it's mostly used to give tech chair to the drawing. 5. Scribbling Technique - Exercise: and now I'll put this technique into practice by drawing a treat. The scribbles will create a nice texture for the trunk and leaves. As usual, I had shadows, if additional layers on Lee. After I finished the first layer that covers the whole drawing, you're free to practice. This technique would be sure that show the subject with a textured surface like a piece of clothing, a planned Iraq or even a landscape. 6. Stylized Lines Technique - Exercise: the third technical teach you is a bit different from the others for two reasons. First, we won't be using layers anymore, and second will be creating more stylized or even abstract drawings. Here's how I usually start. I draw a rather lose shape, and then I fill it with curvy lines. You can still create different shades with this technique, but about the layers. All you have to do is draw lines that are close to each other. The closer they are, the darker the shade will be. The further apart they are, the light of the visual results will be. I encourage you to try it out as they can be reading, relaxing to draw lines in such a lose manner. But beware of ink blots and regularly wipe your pen. - This technique is a great way to draw hair. I'm sure you, by Quicken sketching, abrade our start by drawing the outline of the break. And then I simply feel the outline with loose lines. Tried this technique by drawing hair, stylized characters and animals and be as creative as you want 7. Class Project: for this class project. I'll ask you to create a simple drawing with one of these techniques. The one you like the most. You're free to share your work in progress or deliver common if you have any questions. Thank you for watching my class.