Aside from pro cycling, pro wrestling is the best sport in the world. I’ve been a big fan of pro wrestling my whole life, and make no apologies about that (I watch WWE Monday Night Raw quite often, though in my heart, it will always be the WWF!). When I picked up a BiC 4-color ballpoint pen on to use as an experimental drawing tool, I knew that it was created to draw pro wrestling, as seen below (I also have similar drawings here on my Behance site; scroll to the bottom of the gallery to see the wrestling drawings).
A while back, I added a new sketchbook to my collection; a 3″ x 5″ Clairfontaine Graf-It 909. The smallest and cheapest sketchbook in the art supply store, intended for quick cheap, drawings, I dubbed it the “ugly sketchbook”. I keep it next to my computer to doodle in while saving large files, or for when I just need a quick analog break from all things digital. Pocket-sized, I also keep it on hand for trips to the café or pub. This sketchbook is all about “bad drawing”; no pre-pencil sketching, no tearing-out pages, and no apologies or excuses for whatever ended up in it. However, as a direct “head to page” sketchbook, it also serves as an incubator for drawings and ideas that may end up being refined and developed in my larger sketchbooks.
Here’s the first page, done with a scratchy ballpoint pen:
I drew the same truck I drew obsessively decades ago as a little child, and hadn’t drawn since:
Glassware, barware, bottles, etc…
I listen to Pandora a lot, primarily punk rock. Every now and then, a band’s image or song sparks a thought that needs to quickly be drawn. One day, the infamous and absolutely uninhibited GG Allin came on, and I quickly drew GG’s iconic tattoos onto a seemingly normal person.
Drawn in 2001; I was pretty sick with a fever, and my nose was running like a faucet, hence the drawing. I was sleeping rather fitfully, and decided the add in a snuggled and peacefully sleeping dog to show a contrast to just how bad I was sleeping. I rendered this in ballpoint pen, for no particular reason, though everybody should draw with ballpoint pens every now and then.
Sketching on a commuter train is all about speed and decision making; whom to draw, what to focus on, and whether to color or not. In this case, it was redhead, smart dress, and smart phone. The ink bleed from the previous page was unintended, and the ballpoint ink lines from a young child was unexpected.
Here is the second drawing I did with my BiC 4-color ballpoint pen. Like the previous drawing, this was also done into a 5×8 sketchbook, this time based on a more-developed pencil drawing. And like the previous drawing, I’ve again gone the route of pro wrestling, only this time inspired by “The Crusher”, song about a wrestler by The Ramones.