City Shadow - ballpoint pen on paper  by CDCcreative

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Original is blue ballpoint pen on A3 paper. Tweaked it a bit with the Gimp after scanning .

Copyright Celia Coulter 2004

This grew as I doodled away but in the end I think this description is appropriate:

A city absorbs its shadow, pulling geometric shapes from the darkness as it leans in on itself.

Art and creative experimentation are my outlets after a long day at the office. Because of my love of trying different mediums you will find a variety of work in my portfolio.

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  • madeleine
    madeleinealmost 8 years ago

    This piece has a great sense of movement – at the same time very eerie and exuberant. I like your use of elemental shapes and creating visual interest with detailed patterns – well done!

  • CDCcreative
    CDCcreativealmost 8 years ago

    Thanks Madeleine.

    I love doodling geometric patterns in ball point pen, just to see how they grow. But they don’t really scan that well.
  • rufflesal
    rufflesalover 7 years ago

    You gotta love the self taught artist – great stuff!

  • CDCcreative
    CDCcreativeover 7 years ago

    Thanks Alan

  • cheska
    cheskaover 7 years ago

    this is pretty cool stuff!

  • rufflesal
    rufflesalover 7 years ago

    Have you got any more stuff like this? What resolution did you scan at? What is the actual size of the drawing? What brand of ballpoint pen did you use. It’s cool. I also like to make art from materials I have in the house. Creativity is not limited by the tools used.

  • CDCcreative
    CDCcreativeover 7 years ago

    Hi Alan,

    the original drawing was on A3 size paper (2 x A4 size). I could get out a tape measure but I am too lazy tonight. I had to scan it in 2 halves and piece them together.

    Not sure what brand the ball point pen was just a regular blue pen that was lying in the drawer. Think I used up most of the ink drawing this one though.

    I haven’t got any other ball point pen drawings so large, think I did start a few but they didn’t work out so I threw them away. I have got some smaller ones in a similar style but done in black ink from a finetip marker. The scanner doesn’t like it much though. Making a large image from something small seems to pick up reflections and spaces between the pen strokes as white pixels. And I don’t really want to turn them into vectors.

    I have been experimenting with different stuff too. I wish I had more time to play but gotta work to pay the bills.

    Last night I melted crayons with my oven lighter and dripped them all over canvas paper until It ran out of butane. Liked the way the wax ran and the colours. Think I might have to buy a heat gun. .. and more crayons . . .
  • Janice E. Sheen
    Janice E. Sheenover 7 years ago

    this is great.
    I used to do a lot of ball point pen doodles at school but with more curves and less angles..

  • jchichester
    jchichesterover 7 years ago

    this caught my eye, and I like your description of it alot.. ;-)

  • googa
    googaabout 7 years ago

    Man how cool is this you rock !

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