Sketchbook Ballpoint Pen Studies and Randomness

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↓ Sketchbook 1: Various witches, a weird dog, Ranma! and a little kid scribbled over my drawings in a corner and I mention it.

↓ Sketchbook 2: Various studies of wrinkles in clothes, white shirt without bra, shirt, hoodies, big hoodies. Use of colored pens cyan and pink. A steampunk girl with pink hair.

↓ Sketchbook 3: Several female body studies with bra and pants. One is crouched full page with a cigarette. A white corrector is visible. A strange face in the corner with cat ears.

↓ Sketchook 4: Various foot studies, a woman in a strange pose discovers a butterfly on her foot. Another sits on a chair next to a large foot with sunglasses. A thumbnail study in the corner for a 2024 illustration: too gothic.

↓ Sketchbook 5: Pleroma kicking a bat-Threads logo, a politician with a pineapple instead of a head saying 'vote for me', a saxophone player, various pen tests on the right page, with 'wet' test for the ink: brush, ink pen, gel pen, ballpoint pen. Most of the tests are bad scribbles with ink running out of control.

↓ Sketchbook 6: Top-down studies, various portraits, various furry animals (dog, cow, cockatiel), someone wearing futuristic glasses in a cold environment, some kind of mecha armor for a woman protecting a plant, a bear, a squirrel, a young woman, Clint Eastwood.

↓ Sketchbook 7: GNU/Linux fishing together, a guy at a conference, an attempt for Yennefer from the Witcher books with a landscape done with a leaky ballpen: a man on a horse is visible in the background. A cowboy girl drinking with a hyppo and an owl.

↓ Sketchbook 8: Various clothes, bra and top without bra studies. Two heads of stereotypical fantasy orcs.


31 comments

link David Revoy Author, - Reply
davidrevoy

Sketchbook 2/2 🧵
Ballpoint pen studies and randomness (desc. in Alt).

Sketchbook 5: Pleroma kicking a bat-Threads logo, A politician with a pineapple in place of the head saying 'vote for me', a saxophone player, various pen test on the right page, with 'wet' test for the ink: brushes, ink pen, gel pen, ballpoint pen. Most of the test are bad doodle with ink going out of control.Sketchbook 6: Top down studies, various portraits, various furry animals (dog, cow, cockatrel), someone watch with futuristic glasses in a cold environment, a sort of mecha armor for a woman protecting a plant, a bear, a squirel, a young woman, Clint Eastwood.Sketchbook 7: GNU/Linux fishing together, a guy at a conference, an attempt for Yennefer from the Witcher books with a landscape done with a leaky ballpen: a man on a horse is visible in background. A cowboy girl drinks with a hyppo and a owl.Sketchbook 8: Various clothes, bra, and top without bra studies. Two heads of stereotyped fantasy Orcs. 292 ★

link Hablaaaaalo 😎   - Reply
luckyo15@mastodon.social

woooowwwwww

link Blort™ 🐀Ⓥ🥷☣️   - Reply
Blort@social.tchncs.de

So you're into pentesting now? 😜

link David Revoy Author, - Reply
davidrevoy

@Blort Haha, yes, I tried to keep a single page on my sketchbook to try random pen. I adopted a cyan and pink ballpen this way, but I kept my Bic ballpenpoint orange thin 😆

3 ★

link Ed   - Reply
edporras@c.im

these are fantastic! WOW!

link splig   - Reply
Splig@mastodon.art

i rly like how everything flows together, and the studies look great too

makes me realize i been slacking lol
its like ive lost the ability to just draw without a solid plan...

link David Revoy Author, - Reply
davidrevoy

@Splig Hey, thanks. It's difficult to directly go on paper with a ballpoint pen. It feels like I'm less at half the skill I can do on computer, or with solid pencil fondation guidelines. But if you look closely I often use a white correction pen (especially when a line really waste a face (eg. on the saxophonist, on same double page than the pen test); and I often roll the ballpen point very tilted to get extra thin line and draw a silhouette prior to darken lines. It's a hard training 😺

link splig   - Reply
Splig@mastodon.art

ive never thought to keep a correction pen handy :0
but ya ive also only used ball point pens in my sketchbooks for p much my whole adult life (tho i never post anything .-.)
i like the way you described the sneaky sketch method; zebra pens are my fav in that regard...

lately ive switched to fountain and brush pens, which makes it even harder to grapple with the inevitable busted ass sketch lmao

link David Revoy Author, - Reply
davidrevoy

@Splig I tried brush pen (pentel type, but a old one, maybe I have to find a more precise one) and fountain pen and I was like "Nope! I can't operate this way" 😆 But I miss a bit of thickness to my lines and generosity. I never tried Zebra pen, maybe a brand that is not implemented well in France; a lot of Bic, Reynolds, Pentel, Stabilo, Staedler, Faber Castle here. I'll try to purchase one and try it ( oh, I checked them online: ink gel, cool).

link Marten A. Höhne :mastodon:   - Reply
glutfuchs@digitalcourage.social

😲 wow these drawings on all eight double pages are absolutely stunning.

link DarekPages   - Reply
darekpages@mastodon.social

Beautifully! But for water you only need a waterproof gel pen or traditional ink and a nib. And your opinion?

link David Revoy Author, - Reply
davidrevoy

@darekpages Hey, I really like traditional ink and nib; but they require a desk and something to wash the nib. These are done in transport, waiting rooms, on bed/sofa, etc... A single pen is what I'm limited (and one that can fit within the page of the sketchbook is better).
About the test page; yes: all the things I tried were pen I found around on desk of other (office things) I visited during the holidays. I was curious. I like pen that cost less than 2 Euros like my Bic orange thin. ☺️

link DarekPages   - Reply
darekpages@mastodon.social

The gel pen has its disadvantages. But the best oil pen is Bic. Best for sketching, doodling. It best combines portability and creativity.

link matclab   - Reply
matclab@mamot.fr

I like your ballpen sketchbook so much. They are an open door to imagination and stories.

#sketchbook #ballpointpen #MastoArt #sketch

link David Revoy Author, - Reply
davidrevoy

@matclab 💜 Thank you!

link T.A. Walker   - Reply
tawalker@mastodon.social

Wonderful work 👏🏻 This reminds me how it sucks that I’m a manga/anime fan, who couldn’t draw if his family’s life depended on it 😫

link Blort™ 🐀Ⓥ🥷☣️   - Reply
Blort@social.tchncs.de

I've always an irrational love of using ballpoint pens as a medium. :blobcatlove:

link SignPainter   - Reply
SignPainter@mastodon.ml

cuteness

link Cyber Yuki   - Reply
yuki2501@hackers.town

Wow! 😲

link Cyber Yuki   - Reply
yuki2501@hackers.town

The folds on the shirts are amazing.

link David Revoy Author, - Reply
davidrevoy

@yuki2501 Thank you 🙂

link Khleedril   - Reply
khleedril@cyberplace.social

You're truely talented, and have a great taste in operating systems.

link David Revoy Author, - Reply
davidrevoy

@khleedril :linux: Thanks! 🙂

link Gorobar   - Reply
gorobar@rollenspiel.social

yet again: impressive... 🤩

link Marten A. Höhne :mastodon:   - Reply
glutfuchs@digitalcourage.social

I think the smoking girl is my favorite. She has this absolutely brilliant facial expression of annoyance. The way she looks at the viewer is perfect. 🙇

link David Revoy Author, - Reply
davidrevoy

@glutfuchs Thanks! I left her on a full page because she had a "leave me alone" vibe and I couldn't really give her company. I'm happy with her, even if I had to put heavy white corrector on her back because I had no idea if this line should be curved or follow the rib cage. Also, her foot closer to the camera is flat like a duck 😆 But yep, she has a lot of life and personnality, and I take that as a win. 🙂

link Lit   - Reply
litt17@mastodon.social

whoa beautiful works. I love ink draw. I even bought a fountain pen for drawing. But I realized i can't draw properly haha. Still learning how to draw

Do you ever use fountain pen for drawing David?

link David Revoy Author, - Reply
davidrevoy

@litt17 Thank you! When I was a kid, we were forced to write with fountain pen at school (from 7 years old to around 15) and unfortunately, this type of pen still reminds me the empty ink refill in critical moment (a test! 😅 ) or the nib that suddently is super dry or all the opposite: leaking a lot. But I should try again.
My sketchbook is done on transport, on bed, when waiting... the ballpoint pen I put inside the pages of the sketchbook is always working perfectly and has a long duration.

link Akira   - Reply
Akira_Nozomi@pixey.org

Incredible and beautiful, I'm still speechless for everything 👏💝

link David Revoy Author, - Reply
davidrevoy

@Akira_Nozomi Thank you!

link Reginald Bull   - Reply
bully69@squeet.me

🥰


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