Archive for the ‘ballpoint pen’ Category

October 23, 2015 0


By in ballpoint pen, black and white, color, Coloured Pencils, men, pen and ink, sketches, watercolour, women

Some new sketches. I’m always drawing, but not been putting everything up, even though I used to do that.

October 22, 2015 0

Phone Doodle

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, sketches

Drawn while talking on the phone. I can do this because another part of the brain is being used. If I were reading or writing something, I totally wouldn’t be able to hear the conversation. But drawing, that’s different.

June 9, 2015 0

Something New

By in ballpoint pen, color, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

In a bit of a mood. So, these people are appropriate. I still love drawing with the ballpoint pen, no matter how unarchival it may be.

January 22, 2015 0


By in ballpoint pen, sketches

April 3, 2014 0

Mavis Gallant

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, heads

I think my face drawing skills are progressing as I practice them. The bad thing is if you stop, you lose a certain amount of skill, and have to roll the rock up the hill again. This is the late Mavis Gallant, whose collection “Home Truths” I am reading, for the second time. The stories […]

March 14, 2014 0


By in ballpoint pen, black and white, pencil, sketches, watercolor

I’m always drawing. It’s my nature. Haven’t been posting much of what I’ve been drawing, but thought I’d change that. An imaginary guy in blue. Below, a phone doodle drawn on scrap paper, and other characters and sketches.

February 26, 2014 0

Bluebeard and Friends

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, color, pen and ink, watercolour

Inspired by this engraving by Gustave Doré, I did this picture: Bonus young Anita Ekberg:

February 21, 2014 1

Drawings of Me, from Thailand

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, collaboration, ruttan's place

These fell out of an old book. They’re from the time in Thailand in 2008 when I went over to help organize an art exhibition of Montreal Comic artists. I think I’d put them away because I felt it would be narcissistic to put them up. Well, no more, really. If I’m drawing people, it’s […]

January 16, 2014 0

Pen and Ink

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, heads

The digital thing is fun, and can be consuming, but I love the look of real pen lines on paper. This is supposed to be Barbara Bain from the old “Space 1999” TV show.

April 11, 2013 1

A Need to Relax

By in ballpoint pen, digital, paintings, women

It’s actually been a trying time lately. But I’m happy with where these are going. Strange that the cross-hatching looks good, but I rarely use it on watercolours. Feel like it’s cheating, in the same way as a lot of these computer tools I’m using. I think this stems back to when my late mom […]

January 14, 2013 2

Off the Record

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, men, ruttan's place

While meeting a contact at the Cagibi coffee house in Mile End, Montreal, I drew this gentleman. He was sitting across from me at his own table, giving furtive looks in my direction and at others around him. He wasn’t actually a customer, just seeking a warm place to eat his sandwich. Later on, my […]

December 5, 2012 0


By in ballpoint pen, black and white, cats, color, digital, pen and ink, pencil, women

These are almost automatic drawings I do, while watching movies on the DVD machine, or petting cats. Cross-hatching is fun for me, but there’s almost no end to it. You simply have to stop, rather than declare something finished. The bonus this time is a little coloured cat picture:

November 27, 2012 1

Steve Luxton at the Atwater Library

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, men, montreal, pen and ink, ruttan's place, sketches, women, writing

Years ago, I had the notion that I would make a drawing of every author or poet I heard read, and make some sort of collection. That pledge went by the boards years ago, but I still enjoy drawing people at readings. Not even necessarily the reader. Also the people listening, if I can sit […]

November 19, 2012 0

This is still fun.

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, digital, heads, men, sketches

Some more sketchbook items, digitally enhanced. I like the texture in the one above, which comes from the back of my work chair Nora the cat enjoys savaging. Textures make digital things more interesting. Above was drawn with a ball point pen. Below is from a photo of Yours Truly, with a black pencil. The […]