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Jessie Ware - Ballpoint Pen by vitorjffg Jessie Ware - Ballpoint Pen by vitorjffg
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"Jessie Ware" was chosen as a winner in the March competition by ArtOfPeople. Thank you! :)

This is a portrait based on a picture of Jessie Ware done entirely with a black ballpoint pen. Link to the reference I used: [link]

I used a Bic Cristal Medium ballpoint pen as you can see in my first WIP [link] and the size is A5, so it's actually pretty small...
I have absolutely no idea how many hours I spent on this one but I think it was far too much, I have to get faster! :D

Please note that this is a scan and the quality isn't perfect, but I think it's pretty close to the original.

I am very pleased with the final result and I hope you like it too. :)

Tools I used:
- Outline with a mechanical pencil 0.5 HB.
- All the rest with a black Bic Cristal Medium ballpoint pen.
- Winsor&Newton Hard Back A5 sketchbook, 170gsm.

Links to WIPs:
WIP1: [link]
WIP2: [link]
WIP3: [link]

Thanks for watching and any feedback is always appreciated! ! ;)

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Gothvm Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
The textures are amazing, so good
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yashiradraws Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god.
professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I'm just gonna go with a wow. Wow.
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
you are welcome.
erovaruis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i don't think 10/10 are enough to describe this artwork ; is just well done , & i was really wondering if is there any guide i can follow to make my ballpoint drawing more smooth like yours ??
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there, 

first thank you very much for your comment! :)

For the smoothness of the skin, I use crosshatching with very little to no pressure at all. Just let the pen glide on the paper and apply one first layer which will be very light. Then, basically, do the same thing over and over again till you have the tone you want. For the darker areas I have to do this a lot more, always with very little pressure. You might want to watch this video:…

I usually draw with Bic Cristal Medium pens but I recently discovered the Pentel BK77 Superb, which is thinner and slightly lighter than the Bic. I used the Pentel on my drawing of Dexter ( and Clint Eastwood

I found that alternating layers of Bic and layers of Pentel gave an even smoother tone, that's what I did on Ana: This one was a tip and trick! :D (Big Grin)

I hope this helps! ;)
erovaruis Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
many thnxxx for sharing your experience with me also for the tutorial  , sure thing i still have some pressure  issues when it comes to ballpoint drawing .
if i can recommend u a brand of ball pen is gonnna be "paper mate inkjoy" they have only large point , but the quality of ink & smoothness is way better ^^ 
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Edited Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never tried these, I shall give them a try. Thanks for the tip! :)
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