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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! :)
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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! ! ;)

2013 Vitor Gouveia All Rights Reserved
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:icongothvm:
Gothvm Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
The textures are amazing, so good
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vitorjffg Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! 
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Yashiradraws Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god.
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professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I'm just gonna go with a wow. Wow.
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
you are welcome.
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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 ??
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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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwA2Ct…

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 (fav.me/d6wt5cj) and Clint Eastwood fav.me/d7gbugm

I found that alternating layers of Bic and layers of Pentel gave an even smoother tone, that's what I did on Ana: fav.me/d6t4lim. This one was a tip and trick! :D (Big Grin)

I hope this helps! ;)
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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 ^^ 
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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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:iconerovaruis:
erovaruis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
with pleasure ^^
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MedeaSafir Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is soooo very gooood!!! i love it and the pose of the woman is just noble... speachless!
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconerikpainter:
Erikpainter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOMEE
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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S3V4STR4 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done!  I'm impressed
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I appreciate it! :)
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:icons3v4str4:
S3V4STR4 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome
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:iconarashkhan:
ArashKhan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
amazing work...believable
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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cCherrybomb Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW ...just wow!
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Sofia! ;)
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:iconrustamova:
Rustamova Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! I don't have any words! It's amazing! :happybounce: 
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! You have great skills too, really nice drawings in your gallery! ;)
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:iconrustamova:
Rustamova Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you to! I hope I can reach your level! :) (Smile) 
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, you can... ;)
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dichan85 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what? that's no photo??? really amazing work!
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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5Happy5 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, I love the shading of the skin, it's really impressive that it's done with a ballpoint :D
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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SilverGoddess666 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Hot damn, that's awesome.
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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SilverGoddess666 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist
you're very welcome.
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:iconhaharius:
Haharius Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
humbling
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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ghostvillage1 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
how do you achieve the skin texture?
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's crosshatching applied in layers, little pressure o the pen.
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:iconmorganmartini:
MorganMartini Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the elegance in this artwork. Beautifully done :D
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much ! :)
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:iconmorganmartini:
MorganMartini Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome~ :D
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O-Tripp Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am amazed at what you do with ball point pens.  Wonderful!
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! And thanks for adding it to your favorites too! ;)
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VanessaBettencourt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing work
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vitorjffg Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you again! :D
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SchwarzWieEbenholZ Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013   Photographer
amazingly detailed drawing! :)
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:iconvitorjffg:
vitorjffg Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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kevsterman Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa!! :jawdrop: A ballpoint pen? Absolutely amazing. It really is quite stunning. I'm going to be watching you from now on!
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vitorjffg Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there Kevin, thanks for stopping by. :)
Thank you kindly for your nice comment and for the fav and watch, I really appreciate it! I hope you like my future works ;)
Cheers
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Mzata Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wowzers! I (like every other commenter beneath me it seems) never knew that ball point pen could give results like this!! And it's cross-hatching you say?!! Where did you get the idea to start drawing this way with a pen?! I love it, well done!

I've been trying to learn a photo-realistic style with pencil recently and have been bowled over by all the different styles and techniques as well as the amount of patience these kinds of styles take, but this is something else! I'd love to try this out but I think I would be absolutely terrified that I would slip and stick a big blob of ink right on the tip of her nose or something... you have a lot of balls to draw like this!
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vitorjffg Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it!
The intention with the shirt was to create a clear separation from the face and also to show that it is clearly a drawing. Because, you know, it looks a lot like a photograph and I like people to notice that although it looks like a photo, it's easy to tell it's not. It makes me happy that you grasped it perfectly!
Thank you for that and for all the compliments, they mean a lot! ;)
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