Back to Black

Hi there. How are you?

Now that my-ecourse is up and running, I've had a lot more time to draw. My sketchbook and my ballpoint collection (hoard) have been put to good use lately. 

I've been particularly drawn to black.

That's kind of weird for me. Once I started drawing with colored ballpoints about a year ago, I stayed away from black. If you've done any kind of paint mixing, you'll know that black can easily muddy colors. 

Now, I'm no stranger to a black pen. In fact, it was the only color I used for years. Just look here, and here, and here. 

My transition back to black started slowly. 

Adding black to this sketch gave it more depth and perspective. 

Adding black to this sketch gave it more depth and perspective. 

I made this pink sketch and really liked it. But, it needed something. My usual go-to color with this pink would be a classic Bic blue, but I was tired of that combo. So, black it was, and I love it!

Then, I decided to just go for it. 

The first drawing I've done in all black in easily a year. 

The first drawing I've done in all black in easily a year. 

I kicked ass on this one and I had fun in the process.

I think it shows too.  I was tempted to add a little color to this one, but why? It's very #Inktober and I like it as is. 

Drawing with a classic black or blue Bic pen is really satisfying. The ink is much more smooth than any other colors or other brand of ballpoint pen.

I was so into my black ballpoint that I decided to revisit a sketchbook drawing that I had abandoned in frustration months ago. Read all about that frustration here. 

Adding in the black saved this once abandoned sketchbook drawing. 

Adding in the black saved this once abandoned sketchbook drawing. 

This drawing was saved with the addition of black.

It's so much more rich, flowing and dimensional. The black ink also covered up some of the problem areas that I don't think any other color would have done. Hooray for black! 

I liked this sketch so much that I decided to make a print of it. 

Frangipani - Abstract Fine Art Print
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"Frangipani" is available in 2 sizes and the color just jumps off the page. This print is sure to add impact and personality to any space! 

Is there another of my sketchbook drawings that you'd like as a print? 

Just ask! Leave a comment or send me an EMAIL.

That's all for now. Ciao friends! 

 

My Ballpoint E-Course is Live!

Hi There. How are you? 

After months of hard work, I am so pleased to announce that my online ballpoint drawing course is now live! Don't want to wait any longer? Click HERE to purchase.

My online ballpoint drawing course has finally arrived! Click through to register.

My online ballpoint drawing course has finally arrived! Click through to register.

Meet JEN & INK: The Ballpoint E-Course

Jen & Ink is a self-paced e-course designed to help you learn my unique ballpoint pen drawing techniques. With 5 lessons and almost 3 hours of up close and personal video, I will walk you through my entire drawing process. By the end, you will have the tools to create your own 1-color ballpoint drawing.


I put together a little preview video of course materials.

What you Get When you Enroll in Jen & Ink

  • INSTANT access to 5 in-depth lessons, each including step-by-step videos.
  • Almost 3 HOURS of up close and personal drawing video.
  • UNLIMITED lifetime access to the course material, including any future updates.
  • MEMBERSHIP in the private Jen & Ink Facebook group, where you can ask questions and share your work.

Upon purchase you will have unlimited access to the materials, so you can work at your own pace, and can come and go as you please. No deadlines. No pressure to create!


Head on over to the Jen & Ink course page for more details.

I thank you friends, for your virtual encouragement as I built this course. It was a lot of work, but I loved every minute of it and I am so proud of what I made! 

Until next time. Ciao!

Coming Soon: An Online E-Course!

Hi there. How are you?

I've got some big news. You asked (and asked) and I finally listened......

I'm making an online drawing course!

My first ever online drawing course is coming soon. My lovely mailing list members will be first to know when the course is live. Click to join now!

My first ever online drawing course is coming soon. My lovely mailing list members will be first to know when the course is live. Click to join now!

I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm making progress. In this online video course, I'll share my abstract ballpoint pen secrets through a series of step-by-step videos. It will be a paid course, but it will be VERY reasonable. (I promise!)

Here's a little sped up preview of the video I recorded:

A tiny preview of my upcoming drawing e-course.  Music: http://www.purple-planet.com

I don't know how long it will take for me to shoot and edit all of the video, but I'm aiming to launch my course sometime in September or early October.

My lovely mailing list members will be first to know when the course is live.

Added bonus for joining the list:

I've made a hyperlapse video of my drawing process!  You'll have access to it upon joining the list and confirming your email address. Expect emails from me about once a month with more behind the scenes content.  You'll also be first to know about about new work and exclusive sales. It's a party. Trust me!

Gotta go work on my course. Ciao!