It was in the seventh grade that Brian first began drawing with ball point pen when his art teacher Mr. Graves told him that ball point pen is a bad medium because it was difficult to reproduce and there was no variation of line. Brian knew Mr. Graves was probably right, but the rebellious teen age boy wasnot satisfied with that reasoning and stuck with the ball point pen. Almost four decades later Brian's favorite drawing and sketching medium is still the ball point pen which he uses for all his preliminary sketches for his oil paintings. Since first debuting his oil paintings at the 2009 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston SC, Brian's career in wildlife art has come a long way in a short time. His creative obsessions in those days were whitetail deer, mountain lion and redtail hawk, which over time has evolved to mostly birds of prey. Much to his surprise, over these last five years Brian's preliminary sketches in ball point pen have become as popular as his paintings. Thus, in 2012-13 Brian has decided to take his ball point work to a new level, and create a portfolio of more elaborate ball point drawings, and concentrated most of his time on developing his skill in this medium. He's been working diligently on this latest series peregrine falcon studies which may eventually become oil paintings.

I realize that Ball Point Pen is a medium not commonly used in fine art. With just one fine little point it's impossible to get any range of value with a monotone ink color eminating from such a small point. So it's been one of my goals over the last 40 years of working with ball point pen to disprove the nay-sayers. I have learned over time that good draughtsmanship combined with asoft touch rendering hand I can create a wide range of looks with the fine little point. I put emphasis on the draughtsmanship because good drawing is the most basic foundation of any medium, especially ball point. it's absolute, once the ink touches the paper, it's there to stay. Ballpoint pens are a relatively new medium. Invented in about 1910 and not perfected until the 1940's, there is not a lot of previouswork to refer to. Basically self taught in the medium, I created my own techniques and rendering procedures, but the fundementals of drawing is paramount over any technique and/or rendering skills.I draw the bird before I put any feathers on it. I draw the feathers before any stripes, and this philosophy goes for all animals.believe that because of it's permanent nature, that the ball point in turn makes me a better draughtsman.
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