Category Archives: Fine Art/Drawing

Mark Making Fundamentals: The Object, Illumination, and the Technique

Octopus ballpoint illustration with F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen beside it

By Guno Park of @gunopark Guno Park is a Brooklyn, NY artist whose works have been widely published in books, magazines, and other publications and hangs in many public and private collections worldwide. His primary focus is in observational and imaginative drawing and sketching. In the blog post below, Guno explores the fundamentals of mark […]

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Quoting the Past: Contemporary Landscape Ballpoint Drawing

Ballpoint illustration of a bridge landscape

By Luis Colan of @luiscolanart Going back to my days as an art student, I always looked at the art of the past for inspiration and guidance. When working on still life paintings I was looking at Chardin and Vermeer, and as I moved to landscape imagery, I researched the different art movements through art […]

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4 Tips for Creating a Scaled Ballpoint Illustration

Canvas framed ballpoint illustration of a building

By: Catherine Spilman of @catgreenart When I first started sketching tiny houses, I used the STEEL F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen because Jordan Spilman, my late husband, had an extra one and let me use it. He had always extolled the virtues of the pen and I had rolled my eyes assuming he was exaggerating, however […]

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Urban Sketching: Simplifying Perspective and Designing A Fluid Composition

Urban sketch of Chinatown

By: Guno Park First and foremost, urban sketching, or any kind of sketching for that matter, are to bring joy and excitement to each artist/sketcher at their own level of understanding and their own enjoyment of sketching. There are rules of perspective and specific practices that can enhance and benefit the sketch, but to me, […]

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Simple Spring Flower Tutorial

Flower artwork

Hi there! I’m Courtney from Tulip Poplar Co. and I’m excited to walk you through the steps I take to create easy spring flowers designs! Spring is my favorite season and there are so many beautiful flowers to choose from, but today I will be drawing daffodil and tulip flowers.

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3 DIY Christmas Card Envelope Designs

Holiday envelope designs

Hey everyone! It’s Angie from @anjcreativeletters and I am here to show you an easy and simple way to design your envelopes for the holiday season. Let’s begin!

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Spooky Ballpoint Illustration: How to Draw a Skull & Crow

Skull and crow illustration

By: Bonnie Wong Hello everyone! I’m Bonnie from @super.bonnie and I’m going to show you how to illustrate something spooky just in time for Halloween! October is my favorite time of the year and Halloween conjures up so much joy and I simply love it! I’ll be creating a black and white drawing of a […]

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Artist Chris Adams’ Illustration Process

By: Chris Adams of @chrisacreative Like a lot of artists, my process is constantly evolving but it has been pretty consistent for the last few years. Here’s a breakdown of how I like to tackle my illustrations. Let’s jump in.

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How to Draw a Wombat with Pointillism

Wombat illustration created with Pointillism with assorted Zebra Pen products beside it

By: Artist Ambassador Sandra Strait Hello! I’m Sandra from @lifeimitatesdoodles. Today, we’re going to draw a hairy-nosed wombat using a pointillism drawing technique with some of my favorite Zebra Pen creative products.

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Ballpoint Illustration Tips from Artist Guno Park

Illustration of a gorilla with a STEEL F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen beside it

Ballpoint pens, while seemingly ordinary, are many artist’s go-to tools for creating rich, beautiful, and life-like illustrations. Unlike other tools, ballpoint pens can produce modulated values and a dynamic range of line weights, allowing everything from ghostly soft lines to dramatic graphic marks.

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