Ballpoint pen portraits

I’ve wanted to draw something with a Bic biro for ages—that indigo blue kills me. Then I found that spraying a bit of isopropanol makes the ink run, and you get this great watery effect. (Though it seems to be only the magenta pigment that runs. The cyan doesn’t seem to run much).

Drawn on 300g brilliant white Clairalfa inkjet paper.

The Bob Mortimer was the first I tried this way. It looks OK… but there are probably too many lines going on.

Self-portrait with red pupils

Self-portrait with red pupils. An attempt at something I could use as a profile picture. I’m so glad I was born before the internet. I’m glad I’ve known both sides of the story. Made in brushed ink, pencil, colour pencil, gel pen.