People are often surprised by the quality and realism possible from drawings created by simple ballpoint pens. A common misconception from people who hear about artwork done in ballpoint is that they expect cartoon style artwork in black and white. People don’t assume shading of any kind is possible apart from perhaps a simple crosshatching technique.

These 15 artists around the world demonstrate the beautiful work achievable with a humble ballpoint and the growing acceptance of ballpoint as a medium in the art world.

Juan Francisco Casas

James Mylne

Vince Low

Pete Ross

Seungyea Park

Troy Archer

Nathan Lorenza

Kevork Boyrazian


Jacob Everett

Toni Efer

Gareth Edwards

Sarah Esteje

Enam Bosokah

Samuel Silva