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Christopher Walken Ballpoint by starr2099 Christopher Walken Ballpoint by starr2099
Christopher Walken in 100% Bic ballpoint pen. SOLD

Here is a link to the original photo by photographer Mark Seliger [link]



Geekologie post: [link]
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Arlene0401 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
brilliant work!
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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TripleS-Art Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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Salbathar Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Grandiose
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Your pen work is awesome. The Dap Rubens is especially insane, great work!
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Salbathar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Thanx for your comment on my drawing. Have you a close up shot of detail of your C.Walkens portrait ? i would like see your strokes closely.
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm about to start a very detailed time lapse of a new drawing I'm doing. In the meantime here's a closeup of the Walken drawing.
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Salbathar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thanx !
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LisaCooper91 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply stunning... Hard to believe it's all ballpoint pen! I can't even begin to imagine how long this must've taken you. Incredible job :thumbsup:
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :) Your work is awesome as well! I do some digital work too, you use an Intuos? Cintiq?
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LisaCooper91 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! And thanks for saying that.
I've been using a very small Wacom tablet for 8 years now... Nothing fancy, but hey... It still works! :D
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah in my opinion if you know what you're doing (which you do) you can create the same quality work with any size tablet. I used to use a very small one and my quality never really got any better when I got larger ones, although they do help speed up workflow substantially. In fact, I had the largest Wacom at one time but returned it for the medium size... way easier to use.
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LisaCooper91 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree with you :)

The Wacom tablet I use is very small, like I said. Maybe even smaller than those Bamboo tablets they sell nowadays. It's around that size anyway and it's not even in stores anymore, because it's old... But for me it still works and I'm used to it. I probably have to push a bit too hard (even though I already adjusted the pen pressure settings) but I'm used to it. It works fine for me. Thought about buying a new tablet or maybe a bigger one, but then I always ask myself, do I really need it...? And it fits in my laptop bag :D
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Grafight Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I love your technique. I particularly like how you have re-interpreted the hair. It almost looks plant-like!
I like ball points because of the unexpected textures and like quality you can get, but your style is awesome!
I like to use the Bic Atlantis for sketching and then a Pilot Precise gel ballpoint for darker areas. It's fun to see people exploring unusual media in new ways like you do. Bravo!
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I appreciate that a lot. I'm all about unusual media. The old lady at the art store told me it was impossible to draw portraits with pens, she actually laughed when I asked her what would be the best paper to use. lol.. You have some really good illustration work btw, and I love your sketch dumps. Added you to my deviantwatch, thanks again!
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Grafight Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Thanks! You just inspired me to upload one of my ball pent drawings. Check it out!
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Grafight Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I mean ball pen, not ball pent, of course...
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Tarriq Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Please reply! This comment might seem somewhat spastic. but for the past 3 hours I have been going to michaels office depot hobby lobby art supply store walgreens kroger...and I cant find the pen I need to draw like this!...One of the ballpoint pen artists said I need a Bic Ballpoint pen Medium 1mm black Cristal and he said to make sure there is the word "MEDIUM" on the side!....I have all of that except for the word "Medium" on the side of the pen!...Can you by anychance send me a LINK to the EXACT type of pen to buy! amazon or ebay or whatever! This is annoying me. The artist said if I don't get the pen with the word "medium" on the SIDE of the pen the ink flow will be "constricted' and I didn't believe him until I actually did a portrait.

sorry for the long message!
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
No problem. I was using Bic Ultra Round Stic Grip Medium pens but they have recently changed the way they make them and they don't work as well anymore. I verified this with a guy that works at the Bic warehouse here in Tampa. So now I use the regular Bic Round Stic medium pens ([link]). I use Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper and I stack it two high (the extra cushioning helps a lot with shading). From there on it's up to you. You have to treat it like a pencil but there is no erasing and you should never touch the paper because it will yellow. The shading is basically cross hatching to the extreme. I'm in the process of making a timelapse video of a drawing I am working on right now. I am going to try to show up close how it works. I'll post it on DA when it's done. Thanks for the interest and let me know if you have any more questions :)
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corona6699 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
:yoda: follower i am ...do work i also
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TheVise Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Did you smear your ink in areas and how did you keep the area white in and around his wrinkle's?
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey man. No there was no smudging. Everything is just very light strokes. I have a closeup on my facebook art page, look in the ballpoint pen section. Link below. Thanks for the comment!

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Zectumsempra Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist
It's stunning. too great to express in words. Do you recommend any specific pen for ballpoint pen-painting?
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, thank you :) I was using the Bic pens seen in the other photo of Christopher Walken I have posted but they apparently changed the way they make the pens since then and they don't work well anymore. Now I use the most basic papermate pens they sell. Medium point. Here's an image, you can get a bag for like $2. [link]
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Zectumsempra Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh okay,thank you very much! and again; the picture is pure awesomeness :)
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Amber1010 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
He knows something we don't!
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carloslightning Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
wow, amazing work, the way you add the ballpoint is awesome
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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carloslightning Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
you're welcome
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nadia-fa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
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eyyy95 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do you shade with pen? btw your greatness is killing me XD
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's like pencil shading (no smudging though) but more tedious and WAY more time consuming. Try doing it on manilla folders, it works really well and you can start to get the hang of it that way. When you start doing it on paper make sure you get paper that has good thickness to it and then stack two sheets up to give yourself a little bit of cushion, you cant shade like that on a hard surface. Thanks for the comment!
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YoiZanshin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Awesome work, details are unbelievable! Love the lips and eyes :+fav: wish you'd have some W.I.P's
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :) There is a WIP posted here but I think it's the only one I have. I am preparing to do a time lapse video of my next one, hopefully I'll have it done by the end of the month if I can get my friend to come over with his camera. I'll post it as soon as I have it. :) Thanks again!

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ARemingtonC Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
holy shit! your Reeally good at that......the proof is in the pen
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) THANKS!!
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Seddna23 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
and another wow! i love working in pen but wish I was half as good as you!
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) Thanks! Practice on a manilla folder. Pens work great on them. I always draw my pieces on a thick piece of drawing paper so the pen can shade properly. I even put another sheet of it under the one I'm working on so that there's extra cushioning. It makes a lot of difference. Other than that it's just practice and learning to shade properly with them. Sometimes I have to shade the same area many times to get it smooth. Hope this helps :)
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Seddna23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks 4 the tips ^^
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ArtForTheEye Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This made my die laughing, because i love Christopher Walkin. But this is awesome! :)
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Lol... thanks :)
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ArtForTheEye Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
lol, no problem :)
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ball point :wow: Amazing!
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starr2099 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Glad you like. Thanks!!
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natureblue Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
This piece opened my eyes. Never thought such an amazing work can be created using ballpoint and ballpoint only. :0
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow thank you :)
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NickBuglione Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
BANGIN!!!!!!! Walken is da shit!
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Fearloathing1991 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
fucking hell.. too good

id really like to do work with pen but know nothing about how to
could you suggest any books/sites that give you info about using ballpoint pens how to do the shading etc
you can tell me to sod off if you'd like

but wow man too good
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starr2099 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it. I wouldn't know what to tell you as far as looking for books about it. I just had the idea one day and went for it and basically got used to it on my own. It helps to have a lot of pencil portrait practice though because it's a lot like that, only you have to be more gentle and more careful. I use Bic Stic Grip pens and Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper. The slight texture of that paper gives you something to shade with. Also, another trick is to put another sheet of paper under the one you are drawing on, it makes it softer so shading is easier. Otherwise its pretty much just practice and learn to control the pen. If you have any specific questions let me know, I dont mind helping. Also, look at the previous posts on here as well as my messages, I have answered a lot of specific questions there. Thanks again and good luck!
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