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Memorial (ballpoint pen) by RadishStick Memorial (ballpoint pen) by RadishStick
Here it is, as last! Drawn entirely in ballpoint pen (except for four yellow highlights in my hair which were drawn in gel pen because no yellow ballpoints were to be found anywhere in Australia!), just less than A4 in size, and having taken a bajillion years to complete, the drawing shows my Dad and I halfway up St Mary's Peak in Wilpena Pound, the Flinders Ranges, South Australia in 2010.
My reasons for not uploading this two weeks ago when I finished it include having to remember to bring it home to scan and then being too lazy to edit the scan. But here it is! A year and 14 days since Dad's passing, here is my memorial, my tribute, my thanks, my drawing, my art major.
I found the process of creating this therapeutic, cathartic, meditative and enjoyable and I'm very, very proud of the outcome! It is my second realistically coloured ballpoint pen drawing.
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cprmay Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
genius... and such a brilliant mixing of the colours to get the tones...:)
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for the compliments! It can be quite a challenge, strangely tones of brown are the hardest to get!
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scoureroflostsouls Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student
Ballpoint pen. That's phenomenal, especially at A4-ish size :O
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you appreciate it! :)
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I can't believe this is done in ballpoint pen - it has such a soft pastel look ^^ I love the style and the colours. This is a picture with a lot of character. A gorgeous tribute to your father. You've got such a lot of talent. He must have been very proud of you ^^
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student General Artist
It took a lot of patience to get it to look so soft! :) I love the expressions and poses the best. Thank you, I get at least half of my talent from Dad and he was always incredibly proud of me. :)
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GunMetal-Rat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
My Condolence On Your Loss... :rose:
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for your thoughts :)
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VianaArts Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good drawing and I'm sorry about your loss. Thank you for sharing.
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you, your encouragement is heartening! :)
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senador Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very good art.
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :)
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WolfBlitz2 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
spledidly done!
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Luccistar Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow this is truly amazing!
You have a great talent, continue this way :) I love how you used the depth of perception (like a wide-angle view) & the variety of colors.

I am only great at drawing animals, hehe (and photography).

I will post up some pictures of my drawings in the near future, if you'd like to see!
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D I can thank my Dad for my talent, he made his living from his art!
I'm glad you like it, I didn't even know it was possible to do this with ballpoints until a few months ago! What medium do you prefer?
I'll add you to my watch so I can check out your drawings. :)
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Luccistar Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh really? For me too, it runs in the family!
But it's more in my mom's side hehe

Unfortunatly she couldn't live out of her art, because she was born in Romania, and at that time there, people didn't care too much about art... but now she's studying in arts and she loves it :)
(ok enough describing my mom's life here..)

I'll add you to my watchlist too!
And yeah I agree, it's quite impressive what you were able to do with ballpoints :D
I prefer usual graphite pencils and color pencils, nothing too professional
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I get it from both sides actually so I guess I couldn't really help but be artistic! :P
Yes, I live in Australia and despite being a very successful artist Dad struggled to make ends meet. It's good that your mother is now able to enjoy art! :)
A couple of excellent ballpoint artists here on dA inspired me, I had to see if I could do it haha!
I'd say ballpoints are probably less professional than your tools! But it's not the tools that matter, and I love proving that! You can make art with anything!
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Luccistar Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is true! Art comes from yourself, from your mind, creativity, and from what you feel :)It takes originality, the tools used aren't that important. Art actually is originality if you think about it...!
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Yep, it's what you feel and the skill with which you can convey the feelings that makes art! I really wanted to prove that ballpoints (and similar ordinary media) should be taken seriously. And I think I've done so! :) I look forward to seeing your art!
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Luccistar Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I think you did great! :)

I will post up some drawings maybe tomorrow or this weekend, since I haven't had too much time lately.
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D
I look forward to it! :)
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