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 crow on a skull using my favorite ballpoint pen—the STEEL F-301 Retractable Ballpoint Pen and a few of my other go-to Zebra Pen products. Let’s gather our supplies and get started!
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.
Originally published May 27, 2020. Updated March 12, 2021.
With all the writing instruments available these days, why choose a ballpoint? Ballpoint pens guarantee a steady and reliable flow of ink that dries faster than other ink formulas, like gel ink. Ballpoint pens use oil-based ink that is dispensed over a metal ball at the point as the pen is moved across a surface. This allows the amount of ink distributed to be dependent on the amount of pressure put on the tip. Ballpoint pens provide more control and last longer than other types of pens.
Let’s just admit it—mornings can be tough. When the alarm clock goes off, it can be so tempting to just hit snooze and snuggle down into the blankets. But suddenly, you’re late and rushing out the door with no breakfast, hair a mess, and your keys are nowhere to be found. This hectic start can cause the rest of your day to feel rushed, stressful, and overall have a negative tone.