James Roper

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James Roper is the probably the real reason I started this blog so that I could share his superior technical mastery of the paintbrush. I’ve been a fan of his Art for a number of years and his artwork really is the most energetic and hyperactively coloured spectral splurge of “acrylic on canvas” I have ever seen. When I saw that he had collaborated with ex-TDR Matt Pyke of Universal Everything and Simon Pyke of Freefarm, I knew this was an explosive match made in heaven! Bravo Mr. Roper! Bravo!




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“I’m just a lawyer, art is just a hobby for me”


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Mind-blowing art care of Samuel Silva, who believes that “Ballpoint pens are as underestimated as they are a powerful medium.” His works are NOT photographs, but drawings created with a ball-point. Below is a Q&A with Samuel from his Deviant Art Account. I salute his majestic skills!

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. You can also buy the Staedtler ball 432 or the Scent Sibles

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 to finish each drawing. I started drawing when I was 2.

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 drawing, 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 way.

Q: Do you use photo manipulation or digital effects?
A: No. I like to do my work traditionally, the hard way, the way I like.

Q: Some say drawing exact copies of photos is not art.
A: I don’t care what some people think, I love realism, I only draw to improve my skills, to practice, and because I love it, not to please the 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.

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