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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Blue Boy

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SassyUnicornGirl317
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1 year ago

INSANE!

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Lady With The Braid

Lady With The Braid

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Khloe Ness
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1 year ago

Everyone gets blinded, by things fake or real.

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Story From April

Story From April

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Mildred Thompson
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1 year ago

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

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Passenger

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SassyUnicornGirl317
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1 year ago

This artist is sooooo talented

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Nene

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SassyUnicornGirl317
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1 year ago

I can’t even with the level of detail

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Morgan Freeman

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Tolkien Lover
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1 year ago

The level of detail is absolutely incredible!

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Lady Of Private Tears

Lady Of Private Tears

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Cip IESAN
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1 year ago

... and the hair on her left cheek...

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The Disinformation Of A Republic

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Mildred Thompson
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1 year ago

See no evil; do no evil.

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Hollow Victory

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Hannah Burbridge
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1 year ago

absolutely stunning.

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Mildred Thompson
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1 year ago

May GOD bless you.

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

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Zuko
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1 year ago

Just covering up a disinformation spreader :)

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Bob Marley

Bob Marley

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Black Karen
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1 year ago

Yessssss mon

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Barrack Obama

Barrack Obama

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BisexualCelebrity
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1 year ago

Ahhhh we miss him so much!

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The Disinformation Of A Republic

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Kasy Musenge
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3 months ago

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

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Reflect

Reflect

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Kateryna
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1 year ago

...wow.

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Rihanna

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The Disinformation Of A Republic

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Janine Hunt-Jackson
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1 year ago

Breathtaking

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Kendrick Lamar

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Baldwin

Baldwin

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gellert gridlewald
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4 months ago

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

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Banky W

Banky W

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Mildred Thompson
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1 year ago

and - whaddaya think?

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Janine Hunt-Jackson
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1 year ago

Beautiful!

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Professor Chinua Achebe

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Sisi

Sisi

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SassyUnicornGirl317
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1 year ago

You’re telling me this is NOT a picture?!

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Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia

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BisexualCelebrity
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1 year ago

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

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Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

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A Confused Person
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1 year ago

no way that is not a picture!!! :O

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Adele

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Cooper Schultz
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1 year ago

helloooooooo?

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Adele

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Cip IESAN
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1 year ago

Look at the knitting job!

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Commission

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Baldwin

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Audra Dore
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1 year ago

These are all INCREDIBLE!!!❤️❤️❤️

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