Ballpoint pen. To many, it reminds us of school days, drawing sketches on the sides of our notebooks. Therefore, the ballpoint pen doesn't seem like the "weapon of choice" for great artists. But don't trust the pen's seemingly shabby appearance, for it's a great tool for art in the right hands.

Oscar Ukonu (A.K.A. Oscar Chuks) has the type of skill to unlock the true power of blue. He's been doing realistic pen drawings for over 5 years, and he belongs among the greats of pen artists. He specializes in extremely detailed portraits which seem like photos passed through a blue filter rather than mere drawings. He uses his drawings as powerful pieces of social critique, as well as portraying influential people of Africa and pop culture icons. In other words, he puts his skills to good use.

His work has gained loads of fans over the years, and his Instagram is booming with almost 75k followers. His works have been exhibited in many galleries, and you can buy prints of the works you see here on his website linked below. Want to see more ballpoint pen art? You can check out the works of another Nigerian artist L. Tamaraemi, or a Brazilian G. Vinicius, or A. Caseiro, and last but not least, Samuel Silva.

More info: Facebook | Instagram | twitter.com | oscarukonu.com

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Lady With The Braid

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Khloe Ness
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everyone gets blinded, by things fake or real.

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Story From April

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Mildred Thompson
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

April showers bring May flowers. Into each life some rain must fall.

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Morgan Freeman

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Tolkien Lover
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The level of detail is absolutely incredible!

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The Disinformation Of A Republic

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Queen Elizabeth II

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Zuko
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just covering up a disinformation spreader :)

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Barrack Obama

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The Disinformation Of A Republic

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Kasy Musenge
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The smooth skin, clothe& newspaper.Ur the man of realiisttikk....

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Rihanna

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The Disinformation Of A Republic

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Kendrick Lamar

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Baldwin

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gellert gridlewald
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm doing a paper on James Baldwin for school!

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Professor Chinua Achebe

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Jerry Garcia

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BisexualCelebrity
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

no freaking way nooo! How? My small brain has gone 🤯

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Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

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Baldwin

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