… that look like photographs.
Q:How many colors do you have and what pens are these?
A: I have 8 colored Bic ballpoint pens, for this I used 6 of them plus black. They are just common everyday ballpoint pens.
Q: Do you use any other medium mixed with the ballpoint pens?
A: No, I just use ballpoint pens for these drawings. Everything is 100% ballpoint pen.
Q: How do you mix the colors? How do you blend them?
A: I don’t mix them nor blend them. Ballpoint pen ink dries instantly and can not be erased. I just cross hatch the different colors in layers to create the illusion of blending and the illusion of colors I don’t actually have.
Q: Are you a professional Artist?
A: No, I’m just a lawyer, art is just a hobby for me, although it takes from 5 to 50 hours or more to finish each drawing. I started drawing when I was 2, that’s 28 full years of experience.
Q: What colors do you have?
A: Yellow, orange, magenta, light green, light blue, blue, pink, purple. I also have a classic black and a classic blue Bic pens.
Q: Do you trace the drawings, use projected images, what do you do to get the proportions?
A: No. I use a grid on the reference, I then draw another pencil grid on the paper to make the drawing the exact size I want, then draw the simple outlines in pencil as accurately as possible and then erase the pencil as I color the drawing. I look and draw, the traditional typical old way. At this point I don’t need a grid, I can draw just by looking, I just use one to save from 20 to 30 hours.
Q: Do you use photo manipulation, digital effects, drawing tablets or any other digital medium?
A: No. I like to do my work traditionally, the hard way, the way I like and the only way I know how.
Q: Some say drawing exact copies of photos is not art.
A: I don’t care what some people think and couldn’t care any less! I love realism, I only draw for myself, as a hobby, to improve my skills, to practice, and because I love it, not to please critics. Also, there are as many concepts of what is art as there are humans on earth, so what really matters is what art is for you, in your heart.