Have you ever seen a drawing with a $125 ballpoint pen?
I often receive emails offering products to test – and usually they just go in the circular file, as they’re for things like brushes for hair, or for those awful websites that keep selling cheap ripoffs of good art supplies.
Bastion emailed, though, and anyone who has pens tends to be intriguing (at what point will I feel like I have enough pens? I don’t know!)….I looked at their site and nearly picked a fountain pen but then I saw the Bolt Action Pen. A ballpoint for $125? That has to be spectacular right?!? So I agreed to try it out.
Tutorial: Drawing with a $125 ballpoint!?
Let’s make a little wash and ink sketch using this pen and see how it works!
Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!
Ballpoint pen drawing tips
- Practice adjusting the pressure used to make lines – you’ll be surprised that you can get soft tones!
- Get a good range of values from black all the way to white.
- Use a paper with texture, like a drawing paper shown here. That allows for softer lines.
- If adding a watercolor (or watercolor stick) wash, test first! Not all ballpoint pen inks are equal and you don’t want to create a black mush after all that time drawing.
Loose wash and ink
The color here was added with watercolor sticks – 2 blues, a purple, a brown, not painting feather by feather but just letting it all blend and create that shimmery black bird effect. If you missed my previous video, these are sticks of Daniel Smith watercolor pigment, just in stick form! Check out that video here.
Have you ever tried drawing with a ballpoint pen?
Give it a shot next time you’ve got something else to wait around at – like the kids ballgames, doctors office, etc. You won’t need an eraser or sharpener like with a pencil. Just pen and paper and you’re good to go!