ballpoint pen art
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My work is created by venturing out into the city looking for nature. Both unsightly weeds growing between the cracks of the pavement and spectacular flowers found at the florist round the corner form the inspiration for my ballpoint pen art work.

Using pen and white pencil on recycled paper, I create compositions in which rich detail is combined with irregular, casual shapes, revealing something new each time.

Focusing on everyday nature in addition to more exotic flowers encourages the perception that beauty surrounds us, if only we take a moment to observe it in detail. A ballpoint pen allows for many nuances, but unlike graphite it cannot be erased. There is nowhere to hide when drawing with pen. Any flaws are embraced to magnify the beauty of nature.

My inspiration

I started drawing again in my late twenties.  A few years later, with my very inquisitive children, our regular expeditions to the woods near our home in The Hague became a major source of inspiration.

We would bring back the treasures we collected– fragments of wood, wild flowers and insects and place these mementos behind a glass case, bringing nature into our home where its beauty could be appreciated in detail.

My first work featuring flowers was the result of four months of field trips, documenting the changing of the seasons from winter to spring in our city. I captured it in its intricate detail on a large sheet of recycled paper with a ballpoint pen. Since then I work mainly with ballpoint pen.

Available For Commissions

I sell my nature-inspired ballpoint pen artwork to a variety of clients plus I’m also available for commissions. If you have an idea for a commission, but you don’t know exactly where to start – get in touch to discuss your ideas.

Drawing classes

I also regularly teach drawing nature classes, both face-to-face and online. If you are curious about my drawing classes – send me an email to be added to the mailing list.

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or meet me in person: you can see my work and buy my cards or prints at the botanical garden market at Delft University on 28/29 May 2022.

If you live in The Hague (or if you are visiting) my cards are also on sale at Little Green shop in the lovely “Zeehelden” district in The Hague. And my work can be rented. The drawing of the three irises can be rented from SBK Voorburg where for only 14,95 EUR a month you can have a different piece of art every month.

Copyright 2017-2022, Manuela Bianco | | POSTAL ADDRESS: Laan van Nieuw Oost Indie 177, 2593BN The Hague