Mountain scene in Bhutan. Drawing in ballpoint pen and India ink based on scene from Google Streetview.

Landscape in Bhutan in india ink and ballpoint penYesterday, one of my followers on the tumblr-version of onedrawingdaily (his username is Emkinkade) suggested that i might try and mix the “line tools” like ballpoint pen with a liquid tool (I’ve got a bottle of india ink). I tried it on this Bhutanese landscape. I think it looks better the farther away you get 😉 In my opinion, ballpoint pen looks better if its either completely chaotic or very controlled. I tend to mix up chaos and order in some kind of semi-agressive zig-zag hatching, which is a little disturbing to me when i look closely.. The quality of really beautiful line drawings is often where the artist didn’t draw (a pause in the line, where the brain automatically fills in the empty space).. I’m not quite there yet – I just go crazy with the pen, and for now, this’ll be my style !

I’ll be submitting this to the virtual paintout, where you’re prompted to draw a scene from google street view. Each month a new location. This month is Bhutan, as you might have guessed. I think that the Virtual Paintout is an excellent idea, and i really urge any artists out there to join in.

You can see this particular scene on google streetview here

And that was my 435th drawing.