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Big Bri
Big Bri  1315557 forum posts England
19 Oct 2012 - 7:32 PM

I just saw this on the BBC website.

There's a guy who draws "photo-realistic" pictures using a Bic ballpoint pen. The thing is, while he undoubtedly has some skill at this, what is the point? He's not drawing a photo realistic picture of some scene that he has created or seen, he is just copying a photo that already exists. So, a photo-realistic drawing of a photo.
Is there a point? The work he produces could be done in Photoshop in minutes.... so is there are point at all to a piece of "art" just because someone has taken an unnecessarily long time to do something by hand?

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Cephus
Cephus  92126 forum posts England
19 Oct 2012 - 7:37 PM


Quote: Is there a point?

Yes, a Ballpoint! Tongue

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315557 forum posts England
19 Oct 2012 - 7:41 PM

(you know what, I bloody knew someone would say that) Wink

Andy_Cundell
19 Oct 2012 - 7:45 PM

He is secretly nicking ballpoint pens from work because he cant order a camera on the stationary?Grin

Andy

Cephus
Cephus  92126 forum posts England
19 Oct 2012 - 7:51 PM

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GarethRobinson
GarethRobinson e2 Member 8971 forum postsGarethRobinson vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 7:58 PM

I think it is rather cool, each to their own I say.

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315557 forum posts England
19 Oct 2012 - 8:01 PM


Quote: He is secretly nicking ballpoint pens from work because he cant order a camera on the stationary?Grin

Andy

Apparently he only uses about 7 a year!

JackAllTog
JackAllTog e2 Member 53577 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 8:02 PM

There's little point to any art form but we'd be lost without the beauty that comes from it.
However each of these would be unique.

But would i ever attempt it - No Smile as Bri says - no point, I'd use PS.

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315557 forum posts England
19 Oct 2012 - 8:03 PM

I could do you a unique Photoshop version.....

GarethRobinson
GarethRobinson e2 Member 8971 forum postsGarethRobinson vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 8:06 PM

Ok get your masterpieces done and get them uploaded so we can all see...never know the bbc might be watching this thread as well...lol

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315557 forum posts England
19 Oct 2012 - 8:13 PM

I'm not posting it here, someone would download it and copy it!


Wink

paulcookphotography

To look at it another way...

If a digital artist creates a photo realistic image using a wacom (other brands available) graphics pen and tablet, its seen as art and gets praise, Using a ballpoint shouldnt be all that different (except for learning how to use Photoshop/Corel Painter). Its not about how long it takes. Its about vision and talent

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315557 forum posts England
19 Oct 2012 - 9:39 PM

It depends on whether they are creating it themselves, or just copying an existing photograph, surely ?

answersonapostcard
answersonapostcard Site Moderator 1012596 forum postsanswersonapostcard vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 9:41 PM

still skillful though isnit it, I'd love to be able to draw like that.. tried painting something tonight and it went a bit skew whiff so I can appreciate the talent required (personally)

paulcookphotography


Quote: It depends on whether they are creating it themselves, or just copying an existing photograph, surely ?

Not really.

If Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Van Gogh or Turner had the luxury of a photograph to refer to when they were sketching/painting a masterpiece, would it make it any less quality?

Many photographers also look at capturing a scene as they found it too, which is essentially recording/copying

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