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August 11, 2012
Redhead Girl - Ballpoint Pen by =VianaArts is an amazing portrait that was drawn, believe it or not, entirely with only 6 different colored ball point pens plus black. This artist has truly mastered the art of using ballpoint pens as shown in this piece and any other in their gallery.

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Redhead Girl - Ballpoint Pen

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Redhead Girl - Ballpoint Pen on paper.

Reference photo by Russian photographer: Кристина Тарарина
Russian Top Model's name: Любовь Ансимова

Red hair, also called ginger hair occurs naturally on approximately 1–2% of the human population. It occurs more frequently (2–6%) in people of northern or western European ancestry, and less frequently in other populations. Red hair appears in people with two copies of a recessive gene on chromosome 16 which causes a mutation in the MC1R protein.

Took aprox. 30 hours to finish. Lost about 20% quality during scanning.

The size is 8" x 9" or 22,5cm x 20cm.

Feel free to ask any questions and to comment.

Thank you.



Due to thousands of questions and my lack of time to answer them all here are the answers for the most frequently asked:

Q:How many colors do you have and what pens are these?
A: I have 8 colored Bic ballpoint pens, for this I used 6 of them plus black. They are just common everyday ballpoint pens. Buy them here:… you can also buy the Staedtler ball 432 or the Scent Sibles…
Q: Where do you get them? I have never seen them.
A: Staples, Ebay, Amazon, and pretty much any good office supply store, just because you haven't noticed them before doesn't mean they don't exist!
Q: Do you use any other medium mixed with the ballpoint pens?
A: No, I just use ballpoint pens for these drawings. Everything is 100% ballpoint pen.
Q: How do you mix the colors? How do you blend them?
A: I don't mix them nor blend them. Ballpoint pen ink dries instantly and can not be erased. I just cross hatch the different colors in layers to create the illusion of blending and the illusion of colors I don't actually have.
Q: Are you a professional Artist?
A: No, I'm just a lawyer, art is just a hobby for me, although it takes from 20 to 500 hours or more to finish each drawing. I started drawing when I was 2, that's 29 years of experience.
Q: What colors do you have?
A: Yellow, orange, magenta, light green, light blue, blue, pink, purple. I also have a classic black and a classic blue Bic pens.
Q: Do you trace the drawings, use projected images, what do you do to get the proportions?
A: No. I use a grid on the reference, I then draw another pencil grid on the paper to make the drawing the exact size I want, then draw the simple outlines in pencil as accurately as possible and then erase the pencil as I color the drawing. I look and draw, fully freehand, the traditional typical old way. At this point I don't need a grid, I can draw just by looking, I just use one to save time.
Q: Do you use photo manipulation, digital effects, drawing tablets or any other digital medium?
A: No. I like to do my work traditionally, the hard way, the way I like and the only way I know how.
Q: Some say drawing exact copies of photos is not art.
A: I don't care what some people think and couldn't care any less! I love realism, I only draw for myself, as a hobby, to improve my own skills, to practice on my own, and because I love it, not to please critics. Also, there are as many concepts of what is art as there are humans on earth, so what really matters is what art is for you, in your heart, not what others think it is or what others think it should be.


Edit: Thank you very kindly ^Astralseed for the Daily Deviation! This is the recognition of a lifetime for me. Thank you all my watchers and all those who like what I do. I'll keep working and evolving even further.

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