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8×11 inch artwork, done with ballpoint pen, micron pen and inktense pencils on polyester canvas.


karen hull, ballpoint pen, biro, ink, intense pencils, portrait, micron pen

Full time artist and illustrator, specialising in realistic images in a range of mediums, but particularly favouring coloured pencils.

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  • Karin Zeller
    Karin Zelleralmost 3 years ago

    This is gorgeous, Karen! What a beautiful little girl, and love the fact you did this with biro and inktense. I love drawing with biro, and notice a lot more artists are using it for serious work. Is there a particular brand of ball point you use?

  • Thank you Karin – I’m trying to use mostly ones with the ISO 12757-2 rating for their archival quality, and so am using the Staedtler Triplus Ballpens for much of the work and then the Bic pens for some of the finer work. I would love to find a brand that doesn’t clot, but not sure if one exists. Which brands do you like?

    – Karen Hull

  • P.S. The little girl is actually my younger sister and the reference photo was taken about 37 years ago :)

    – Karen Hull

  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhialmost 3 years ago

    very nice work

  • Thank you so much NishaGandhi – very much appreciated!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Karen a fave x

  • Thank you so much Irene and for the fave!!! :) xx

    – Karen Hull

  • Nikonuser
    Nikonuseralmost 3 years ago

    Karen this is just gorgeous.A favourite for me.

  • You’re always so encouraging Nikonuser and thank you for the fave!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Karen!!…Such a captivating image!! :)

  • Thank you so much Meg – and being my younger sister, it was a joy to draw!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 3 years ago

    I see you have been spinning your magic again Karen ….beautiful and inspiring work!

  • Such lovely feedback Linda – thank you heaps!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Fiona  Lee
    Fiona Leealmost 3 years ago

    Great work as always…love the almost antique look. Makes me want to try working with biro!

  • I had never thought of it before Fiona, until one of my friend’s sons had to do a self portrait in ballpoint pen for his HSC and I was so inspired by his work that I had to give it a go :)

    – Karen Hull

  • MoniqueGeurts
    MoniqueGeurtsalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you so very much Monique!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • vivien styles
    vivien stylesalmost 3 years ago

    Your work is just amazing… I sit here in awe of your talent….

  • What a lovely, generous thing to say Vivien – I often feel that way when I look at the work of other artists!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • BarbBarcikKeith
    BarbBarcikKeithalmost 3 years ago

    YOU amaze me!! Your work is perfection and I have no idea how you manage that…

  • You make me smile Barb – your work always looks like perfection to me, but I never view my own artwork in quite that light!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

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