The modern "independent" direction of Ballpoint Pen Art "the art of drawing with a ballpoint pen" has truly blown up the Internet and since then it has flourished and developed, claiming to be a worthy rival among other young varieties of fine art.
Andrey Poletaev is one of the pioneers and visionaries of this direction. His love of street life and its image quickly became a trendsetter in the field of hand-drawn urban landscapes. Unrivaled technical excellence and attention to detail clearly distinguish it from the general mass of artists of a popular direction.
Art with Ballpoint Pen by Andrey Poletaev ─ What was once a childhood hobby grew into an endless passion and devotion to the urban theme. Poletaev explored many areas of painting, including oil, pencil, sculpture and other visual techniques, but drawing with a ballpoint pen is what the artist really reached the highest level.
“In each drawing I improve the mastered techniques and introduce new ones,” says Andrey Poletaev.
“I try to achieve the maximum effect of optical illusion. I use a lot of different ink layers: layers of very light and long strokes that fit tightly together; layers applied at other angles to create uniform gray surfaces; layers applied at higher pressure on the pen. Variable density of strokes, their length and angle at which they are applied; sharpness or vice versa - blur, create a perception of surfaces with different textures, and several layers of ink create a sense of depth. "
Indeed, it is difficult to imagine what kind of accuracy is needed in a hand, what a visionary vision, in order to create dozens of shades using two colors, and using a thin line to give the image a three-dimensional volume. Perhaps this is the secret of Andrey Poletaev’s unconditional success.
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