Drawing with ballpoint pens : hatching and related techniques

Most of these drawings were made on paper using ballpoint pens.

When you move the drawing or if you move the light source around, you can see a change occur, as illustrated by the two pictures of a drawing here below. I have made slideshows for some of the drawings, so you can experience that effect on your computer screen. Here’s an example.

Silver and gold are reflecting light: the white parts are invisible

I usually use three colours : gold, silver and white. Paper size varies from A5 for the smallest ones to A3. I make use of a very simple hatching technique, usually diagonal hatching, sometimes vertical. I also mix other motifs, symbols or lettering. Some examples of these mixed drawings are:

Jack and the Beanstalk, Space in Sound or The Hillo Ship.

I use the reflective properties of the inks, which are different according to whether it is a metallic ink or not. Metallic inks relect light more at a specific angle, while non-metallic inks reflect light in more or less the same intensity at all angles.

The metallic colours are not reflecting light: the white parts suddenly become visible

That is why white, for instance, shows up when the metallic colours become dull when tilting the drawing or moving your position around with respect to the drawn surface.

I have recently also screen-printed a blown-up version of the NEW FACES pattern on A3 papers of various colours. I did this at a print shop in London. This would not have been possible without the assistance of Garrett who helped me throughout the whole process. Thanks, Garrett !

The NEW FACES series prints will soon be visible on this blog. Meanwhile, Please enjoy the ones that are already posted.

If you have a specific drawing technique that is similar to this one, or if you would like to share an original drawing technique that you have discovered, and you would like to share it, feel free to talk about it in the comment box on this page !


  1. Hey! Just took a verrry brief look at the new layout! Looks great so far! I’ll take a better look soon and comment in more depth!
    Looks easier to grasp though, well done!

    1. Thank you, Heather !

      I’ll keep on bringing in modifications and changes here and there to try and improve the blog environment, in order to make it pleasant and user friendly, so any suggestions or needs can be voiced !

      Just let me know what your requests are.


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NEW FACES Hybrid 1

NEW FACES Hybrid 1

Introduction :

Most of these drawings were made using ballpoint pens on paper. Most of these drawings have a "holographic" effect when you move them, yourself or the light source around.

NEW FACES Hybrid 2

NEW FACES Hybrid 2

You can enjoy this optical illusion thanks to the slideshows that I have included for some of the drawings.

Please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email to info[at]paulk[dot]be if you have any questions.

The Hillo Ship Pop

Music and Improvisation

To illustrate my passion for music, I have also included just one composition of mine for soprano voice and piano four-hands, based on a poem I wrote called "The Mourning of Lives" (see under "Technique and Composition").

My music website http://www.paulk.be/

Visual effects : hidden letters and shapes come out unexpectedly !

The Greeting Card : Space in Sound

The Furoshiki Design Project :

Design for Japanese furoshiki textile : NEW FACES Classy Blue

The Furoshiki Project : NEW FACES Furoshiki Classy Blue

We have been developing new motifs for making Japanese wrapping textiles called furoshikis. A furoshiki is a square piece of cloth, usually made of chirimen silk or cotton. Furoshikis come in different standard sizes, but we chose 75cm x 75cm.

NEW FACES Furoshiki - 紅葉 (Momiji)

NEW FACES Furoshiki - 紅葉 (Momiji)

The NEW FACES motif, consisting of organically shaped squares, has been adapted to the Japanese furoshiki. What you are seeing here are the first of a series of original furoshiki designs made with the unique ballpoint pen design technique featured on this website.

New furoshiki prototypes will be exhibited soon in Brussels.

Design for Japanese furoshiki textile : NEW FACES Black

The Furoshiki Project : NEW FACES Furoshiki Black

All the drawings in the archives :

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