Sep 17, 2008

Incredible Ballpoint Pen Art.

These may look like photographs, but these amazing pictures are the creation of the Spanish artist Juan Francisco Casas, who creates his large artworks using just a blue ballpoint pen. He uses up to four 14p ballpoints on one picture, and his works are already a sell-out at exhibitions and gets up to £3,750 each. Formerly a traditional painter, Juan began the drawings three years ago based on photographs of nights out with his friends. His photo realistic ballpoint pen drawings are based on the incredible detail photos that he takes on his camera. We have seen many artists who can drawings of lifelike figures, but not with blue Bic pen!

Incredible Ballpoint Pen Art (5) 1
Incredible Ballpoint Pen Art (5) 2(Image credit: haha).
Incredible Ballpoint Pen Art (5) 3
Incredible Ballpoint Pen Art (5) 5(Image credit: designboom).
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36 comments:

Milnie said...

He's good.
I have a ballpoint art exhibition opening in London in March - http://biroartshow2009.blogspot.com/
may biro information website: http://www.birodrawing.co.uk/welcome.html
my art portfolio site: http://www.jamesmylne.co.uk

stalzz said...

Wow! Amazing!

Pettrey said...

Nice work!

Chris said...

He definitely has skill but no vision. They are merely copies of photographs, there is no feeling or message in any of this!

He's got a talented hand, for sure. But why draw a photo realistic image with a pen when it could simply be printed?

fitz411 said...

He's talented, but I don't get it. Why mimic what a camera can do? Why not draw something unique?

Anonymous said...

legendary...

much better than the circles and squares i draw in class when i'm bored :)

Anonymous said...

girl is a real cutie pie :3

John Spartan said...

I like it, it's really good. About him having no vision and just copying a photo, I see nothing wrong with this. The fact that these are huge artworks using ballpoint pen is good enough for me.

franka@uwindsor.ca said...

The medium the artist chose is where his message lies. The artistry is in the relationship he builds with an instrument that is largely taken for granted. Vision is something you can only come to know by knowing the artist and the work well.

(beautiful girls, too!)

Anonymous said...

AMAZING ARTWORK
but they just seem like photos to me. I think he should draw something unique to each photo. Something that you couldnt really see happen and make it so realistic that it looks like a photo as though it actually did happen. Something out of the ordinary instead of just people. THATS a picture i'd want to buy.

Anonymous said...

Can you make your artworks look like Julian Beever's thing? Cause he is amazing like you too. Bravo for your works!

Anonymous said...

This is unique! Yes, it may be printed, but it's so much more amazing with what hes doing.

gbaked said...

i think something is lost by viewing them on a computer. I would imagine seeing them live, as big as they are would be amazing. Seeing them small on your screen they do look just like the photos.

Megan said...

Translating something from a small 4x6 photograph into a humongous work of art takes skill and drive. These are people from his own life that he wants to create - he took these photos himself, and chose them based on their unique subject matter - a girl flossing her teeth? Who would paint THAT? And yet you're captivated by it, are you not? And the fact that he uses ballpoint pens - why not use ink and a brush? All of these is what makes his artwork so incredible. Sure, everyone can just take or recreate a photograph -- or CAN they??

nishant said...

can't believe my eyes... amazing work indeed.

waisybabu said...

That was just amazing!

Greg said...

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Jeff T. said...

Excellent! Good to see that the talent is not wasted like so many I've seen do. This family should at least be well fed by using those Talents, I wish I could do work like that.

NJ/Kydlat Mijares said...

^you mean like photoshop?

Anonymous said...

A camera has done all of the lighting work for him. All he is doing is performing the functions of a Xerox machine using a ball point pen.

It does take some skill, but should we label him an artist?

Anonymous said...

No vision? Seem just like photos? How many people could even come close to this with a pen?? I think it looks great.

Reece said...

Check out the right arm of the girl "house-right" in the first picture.
There is your uniqueness... Unique nonetheless. ;)

AllenByde said...

This is very unique work in my opinion. It looks so much like a real photo. I have respect for those who create stuff like this. I'd buy stuff like this! And I don't even really like art that much.

Anonymous said...

just shut the f*** ** about the copying pictures not being creative.his art is not the images themselves, but the act of being able to copy the pictures so well. his art is to be judged not by the content but by how realistic it looks.

Scott DuBar said...

I think the last image showing the scale of these pieces is what impressed me the most. Some art is just meant to be seen in person, and I expect that at that scale these would be fairly breathtaking. I say cut the guy some slack and give him time to explore and develop this direction.

Starr said...

Post a video of him actually drawing one and then I will believe it.

Anonymous said...

For those who say "why does he just replicate photos" - it's to prove a human being can.

Think about it - how difficult is it to draw something EXACTLY how you see it? It's VERY difficult. A few painters can do it, but it take serious skill. And he can do it with a ballpoint pen.

Personally, I prefer technical skill combined with artistic skill, but I still admire what he can do. Too much art these days has no skill and only a inadequate message. I'd rather see something skillful and meaningless.

Anonymous said...

"the medium is the message"... I think Photorealists are just as much artists as are cubists, naive painters, abstract artists, etc. Yes, maybe you could just take a photograph, but that's not really the point. Photography is a different art.

For many artists, representing the world as they see it is what they are trying to do - you can choose to do that in a representative or a non-representative way. Maybe I'm wrong, but wasn't the whole Renaissance thing supposedly so wonderful because they started to get the whole perspective thing and representational bit right? In other words, things started to look more 'realistic'.

When you first learn to draw, you're trying to learn to represent what you see. Why should you forget that when you become a Serious Artist? Some may want to, some may not. Artists from Albrecht Durer to Andy Warhol to Chuck Close have used different 'tricks' to get their effects. You may like them or not, but it's not fair to dismiss anyone out of hand just because of their methods.

Uberman said...

That's one of the most incredible things I've ever seen. O.o

Ashley Wilkes said...

If the artist is projecting photographs onto art paper and tracing the image with a ball point pen then what he is showing is his infinite patience in translating the traced photograph onto paper with a ballpoint pen. The power should be in the photographs not in the artists "infinite patience" in tracing them with a pen. I can take a photograph open it in Photoshop and get exactly the same effect with a filter or group of filters in just a few minutes. If the photographs are cliche or derivatives, rather than breaking new aesthetic ground, then I fail to see the value in his work other than the amount of time, skill and diligence that
it takes to copy them in pen.

rif said...

Great human creativity
thanks Great job.

pmrussell said...

Since he's able to paint so realistically, it would be really cool to see him add a bit of fantasy or surreal effect to his work.

Thomas said...

who's the chick?

JRP said...

I love it! That is breathtakingly amazing!

Anonymous said...

these are so awesome.

http://www.thethingsiwoulddo.com/?ref=12

CopperPenni said...

I am sure that the computer screen doesn't do these justice. I bet in real life they are amazing and very artistic. We can't really judge art from a computer screen. Unless of course it is digital art.