Incredibly Realistic Ballpoint Pen Drawings by Juan Francisco Casas

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“Sarajevo Surprise Attack” (2007)
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What is blue, about 10 feet tall and takes several ballpoint pens to make? One of Juan Francisco Casas’ drawings, based on a photograph and recreated with only a blue pen. The 32-year old Spanish artist submitted his first realist ballpoint-pen drawing at a national competition in 2004 – and won second prize! The rest is history and Casas hasn’t really looked at traditional painting methods again.

A slight teeth obession? Casas’ latest works at SCOPE 2009 in New York:
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In an interview with the Daily Mail in February 2008, Casas said:

“I guess it started off as a joke, to try and make something so realistic that people would think is a photo. I also wanted to create it with something that everyone has – a Biro. I don’t think it has ever been done before.”

And hasn’t been done since, as far as we know. Juan Francicso Casas appreciates the ballpoint pen’s “simplicity” and stresses the fact that as an artist, it doesn’t really matter what material you use. The only drawback of using ballpoint pens? One can’t erase mistakes and can just hope to make them early on. No wonder then that one large drawing can take Casas up to two weeks to make.

A detail photographed by flickr user Art Comments during the SCOPE art fair in New York in 2009 reveals the fine penmanship – it is a drawing we’re looking after all, not a photograph.
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Since winning the prestigious ABC Prize in Madrid in 2004, Juan Francisco Casas’ works have been exhibited at important galleries in Spain and art fairs in New York, London, Basel and many other cities. And his works are selling fast: at an exhibition in Madrid in 2008 he sold 60 of drawings for between €1,000 – €5,000 ($1,400 – $7,200) each. So many in fact, that he quickly had to draw more to have something to exhibit.

Casas received a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from the University of Granada in southern Spain in 2006 where he taught for six years. In 2007, he moved to Rome after winning a grant from the Spanish Academy there.

The artist putting finishing touches on “Sarajevo Dental Floss” (2007):
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We wish this promising artist all the best and wonder if Bic has thought about sponsoring his art? More amazing drawings and paintings can be found on Juan Francisco Casas website.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

We’ll even throw in a free album.