Curry and cardamom

I’ve never really explored drawing with a ballpoint pen, but I have to say I am loving it. After some technical difficulties with Wednesday’s boot drawing, I decided to splurge on some new ballpoint pens yesterday. The good ones. Bic Cristal, assorted colours. And now that I am drawing with them (an assortment of spice bottles on my counter, used first to flavour a curry) there are some surprises. They are very effective at building up tones slowly and with some subtlety. And they make great dark tones too. I was not expecting that. I chose a medium nib so the first lines I start with are very light (no pencil under the ink), and I layer from there. It’s great fun and also very meditative at the same time. A perfect activity while the curry bubbles away (or overcooks) on the stove.


20 Comments on “Curry and cardamom”

  1. Lori says:

    Amazing, amazing, AMAZING!!!

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  2. Thinking you could perhaps post your curry recipe:). Lovin’ your art.

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  3. Joy Meyers says:

    Looks fantastic!! But I’m wondering if the ink is permanent enough that it would not fade and disappear over time. I know that you shouldn’t sign watercolor paintings with permanent markers because that does fade. Thanks for any information you have.

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    • Hi Joy, Ballpoint ink is not permanent and will be affected by UV light. But this is in my sketchbook which always remains closed when I’m not drawing, so I am not too concerned about it. My sketchbooks are always in a cool, dry place. Thanks for checking.

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  4. -N- says:

    In reality, drawing with anything can be very satisfying. Just the process of working with your hands on something you enjoy will get you into a better space.

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  5. Maria B. says:

    Oh fun! Have to try!

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  6. Jean-Pierre Riel says:

    Very nice blue ink and lovely drawing

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  7. So funny, splurging on ballpoints. A wonderful drawing, with the distinctive Blaukopf touch. And most informative.

    Alison

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  8. I like your use of blue for the bottles. Nice hatching to show the lights and the darks!! I’ve never really used ballpoint pens for sketching, but these look good!

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  9. Tami says:

    Hi Shari, what size mm is the nib on your pens? I have one of these pens and it says its a 1.6mm~. It doesn’t create the fine line that your pen did~ so beautifully rendered!

    Thanks,

    Tami

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  10. Hi Shari,
    If I tried drawing while cooking, the food would definitely be overcooked/burnt. Looking forward to another one of your MISA classes, in Tucson this time.
    Thanks for your tips, as always, Gwen

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