Our pen drawings are usually just scribbles. But for Kevin Lucbert, a ballpoint pen is the perfect tool for creating perfectly composed illustrations.
The French artist highlights his pen skills in “Blue Lines,” a recent series of illustrations drawn entirely with blue ballpoint pen. These awesome illustrations show you don’t need crazy expensive tools to make seriously impressive art.
Lucbert’s blocky designs and varied pen strokes work perfectly to highlight the power of the ballpoint pen. The artist also does a great job employing shadows and perfect perspective. It also doesn’t hurt that the drawings are expertly composed. It’s clear Lucbert has put some serious time into the “Blue Lines” series, considering how to best employ his simple tools to make great artwork.
And just because Lucbert uses the same tools throughout the series doesn’t mean his drawings are one-note. You’ll see mundane suburban neighborhoods contrasted with fantastic mountaintops, outer space, and more.
Sometimes it feels like Lucbert’s drawings open up a portal to a new reality. Granted, it’s a reality ruled by blue ink, but we’re pretty cool with that.
The amount of variation Lucbert achieves with just a blue pen is quite amazing, and we applaud the artist’s dedication to a tool most of us use for simple doodles. Maybe one day, if we doodle enough during our work meetings, we’ll be able to craft pen drawings as good as Lucbert. For more of “Blue Lines,” be sure to visit Kevin Lucbert’s website.