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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2 months ago

INSANE!

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Lady With The Braid

Lady With The Braid

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Mildred Thompson
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2 months ago

I think it needs to be a little higher up - otherwise she's going to hurt herself.

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Story From April

Story From April

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Mildred Thompson
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2 months ago

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

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Passenger

Passenger

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SassyUnicornGirl317
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2 months ago

This artist is sooooo talented

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Nene

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SassyUnicornGirl317
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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months ago

See no evil; do no evil.

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Hollow Victory

Hollow Victory

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Hannah Burbridge
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2 months ago

absolutely stunning.

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Mildred Thompson
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2 months ago

May GOD bless you.

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

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CARRIEMAE MCKELVEY
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2 months ago

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I did something like this in 4th grade

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Bob Marley

Bob Marley

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Black Karen
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2 months ago

Yessssss mon

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Barrack Obama

Barrack Obama

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BisexualCelebrity
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2 months ago

Ahhhh we miss him so much!

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The Disinformation Of A Republic

The Disinformation Of A Republic

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Reflect

Reflect

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Kateryna
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2 months ago

...wow.

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Rihanna

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The Disinformation Of A Republic

The Disinformation Of A Republic

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Audra Dore
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2 months ago

Amazing!!

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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

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Baldwin

Baldwin

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Banky W

Banky W

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Mildred Thompson
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2 months ago

and - whaddaya think?

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Janine Hunt-Jackson
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2 months ago

Beautiful!

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Professor Chinua Achebe

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Sisi

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SassyUnicornGirl317
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2 months ago

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

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Jerry Garcia

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BisexualCelebrity
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2 months 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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2 months ago

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

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Adele

Adele

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Cooper Schultz
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2 months ago

helloooooooo?

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Adele

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

Look at the knitting job!

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Commission

Commission

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Baldwin

Baldwin

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Mildred Thompson
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2 months ago

TOO MANY to comment on individually; but they are ALL G R E A T !!!

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