In the midst of the madness, I worked on a page from the last semester of Sketchbook Skool. The assignment: Gather items to create a collection. Trace around them one by one and then add as much or little detail as you like. Use only ballpoint pen. I chose our refrigerator magnets. This page has grown in the quiet moments when my husband crashed in his recliner at the end of a long day. I draw while he dozes.
I like detail and I'm slow and we have a lot of magnets. It may take me another month. Here's the progress so far.
Yawning Milo is not impressed.
YOU could try this with any old ballpoint. I used my absolute favorite ballpoint pen - the Zebra F-301. It creates nice thin lines and doesn't smear. The tip needs occasional blob removal (see the squiggles in the left margin), but that's true with most ballpoints. Layering with this baby creates a lovely range of pencil-like grays. The only thing that could make this pen better might be a fatter grip. That and dispensing chocolate as you draw. Wouldn't that be perfect?