1. Linda

    Excellent post, and your writing style is so engaging.
    I have used ball-points in the past when I had nothing else to work with and noted, like you, that you can create different values by starting lightly and then selectively going over areas. This works especially well with hatching, cross hatching, and stippling.
    Thank you for elevating the humble ball-point to a more deserving spot in your artist’s tool chest.

    • Laurel

      Thanks for the compliment! 🙂
      There is certainly something unique about drawing with ballpoint pens; the only downside is that they aren’t necessarily acid-free or of archival quality, so they’re not really ideal for works that need to last a long time. That said, I haven’t observed any noticeable degradation, even in my older drawings; but the ink will fade over time if left out in the light.

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