remember the day when you picked up a ball-point pen for the very first time? we sure do. the first thing we did was scribble our name down in a notebook. or if you liked art class or were just bored in art class, you probably would have doodled away till the cows came home or at least till the class bell rang.
but there are a few people in this world who loved their ball-point pens and loved drawing too. and just decided to get better at it.
and that’s exactly what patrick onyekwere did. he just went a few steps further. a nigerian artist who is in love with his blue ball-point pen and realistic art.
he starts off with having a real conversation with his muse. gets to know them better. understand their life. where where come from. how do they think. he builds a bond between himself and the person whom he is about to draw. this turns into a collaboration between patrick’s muse and his realistic art.
he then goes on to take a few photographs and using a technique called crosshatching, he goes on to delicately and meticulously draw the person using nothing but a blue ball-point pen – real ball-point art. he focuses mainly on the eyes and how the light reflects off the person’s face.
patrick sees his renderings as speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves.
he says, “i find the subjects’ eyes most interesting. they mirror some of our deepest desires, fears, inhibitions, perceptions, thoughts, most of which we ourselves are consciously unaware of. they have the power to convey emotions and feelings and also communicate and connect to the viewer, inviting them to live in an untold story, in such a way they don’t see an already existing piece but take part in the creation of it.”