In Greek Mythology a Dryad is a tree nymph. Such shy creatures can only be seen around Artemis, goddess of the hunt (as it was well known that Artemis was extremely friendly to all Dryads) and daughter of Zeus. My Dryad is actually my second attempt with ballpoint pens, while my first one was here ---->
With her i will close my small detour with this media as i am satisfied and content with its course so far. In my heart it feels i have revealed its potential and i will openly admit, its a very challenging and demanding tool, also a very rewarding one.
The beauty of this painting lies in the way the colors have been put together. The colorful hues of the fruits, and the greenish background gives it the nature- like feel, which, obviously, is what should be brought out since it's a dryad. You have done fantastic job, and considering the fact that you did with ballpoint pens... The second thing I love is the texture. The slender branch looks quite realistic because of that texture. And plus, the usual texture you give to all the faces you paint... I just love it!! One thing I felt, though, is that the eyebrows could have been more prominent. But the hair is very well drawn, and so are the lips! Kudos to you on this amazing painting, Christina!
You kicked ballpoint's ass! Crudely put but I'm still in shock from the absolutely stunning piece of art you have created.
You say that you think you have reached the end of your foray into this media but I've got to say that I think you have FOUND your perfect companion. Yes, it's a bitch to work with but when the outcome is something like the above work, how can you put it down?
my dear if there was a way i could use my ballpoint pens in BIG sizes trust me i would be very happy to do so. But as i have jumped recently to big projects i am forced to pass to other media that can cover massive areas fast. That would be acrylics, pan pastels and more of this kind. Not to mention i cant really use ballpoint pens on canvas on wood... but of course i loved using them and believe me i WILL go back to them when i am asked to work on A4. Thank you for your lovely words!
its ball point pens yes. The yellow was almost finished in this piece and i haven't yet got a new one. Honestly i didn't know i could do it either, but how can you possible know what you can (or cant) do unless you give it a try?