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Why Does The Ballpoint Pen Art Appeal To The Masses ?



Today I wanted to discuss the connection between the tools of the trade and the increasing popularity of the ballpoint pen art.

One reason ballpoint pen art is so close to my heart is because it`s accessibility to everyone.  In order to create a wonderful piece of art, one doesn’t need a very extensive workshop or spend a lot of money on the art supplies. With a basic ballpoint pen and a sheet of paper you can create a masterpiece.

Many still don’t accept ballpoint pen art as a serious art direction, however they are overlooking one important fact, it`s becoming increasingly popular at the incredibly fast rate. New artists are discovered every single day and their fan base grows by the minute. A drawing with a ballpoint pen is close to everyone because everyone held a pen in their hands at some point - be it at school, at work or on the plane, everyone used a pen to draw something on the paper.

This art direction is not for the select few as everyone can be a viewer and everyone can try their hand at becoming an artist.

I, as a professional artist, try to reveal the possibilities of the ballpoint pen art. I see it as an independent direction and not just the drawing technique. 


-Andrey Poletaev


Cityscape In Ballpoint Pen

Cityscape In Ballpoint Pen



Today I will explain why I enjoy using a ballpoint pen and what attracts me to the cityscape. I can say with confidence that ballpoint pen is accessible to absolutely everyone.  This art direction is not for the select few, everyone can try their hand at drawing and everyone can be a viewer.

At the same time, ballpoint pen artistry can be difficult in execution and very unforgiving, one wrongful stroke and you may have to start all over. Artist must concentrate on the object in the picture to get a better, deeper insight. The drawing is the result of these contradictions where a startling contrast can be achieved using a ballpoint pen.

I enjoy drawing in modern cityscape because I see artistic as well as historical value in this style. Like the very old photograph of an old street displays it`s meaning, you look at it and you immediately know that nothing else needs to be added to the picture to tell the story.

The city itself is the true hero in my drawings, it offers its own unique rhythm of life, I only attempt to capture and preserve it. These images have their rightful place in time and space. They are nothing more than an attempt to seize the moment, to preserve on a paper the everlasting beauty surrounding us.

-Andrey Poletaev