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La photo, le dessin, les deux à la fois. mais pas tout le temps.
May 21, 2012 7:07 AM   Subscribe

Sarah Esteje does amazing ballpoint pen and pencil illustrations of animals.

Her archives contain a variety of other impressive pieces across a number of subjects.

Platypus
Octopus
Beer (Bear)
Dindon (turkey)
Monkey
Cochon (Pig)
Wolf
Tiger Blood (Tiger)
Crocodile
Owl
Zebra
Coq (Cockerel)
Hippo
Lazy Dog
Cerf (Deer)
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posted by robself at 7:14 AM on May 21, 2012


Wow. So cool!

I love the turkey best and also when she left the ear of the zebra undone, the contrast.

A brief interview with the artist and her FaceBook.
posted by nickyskye at 7:28 AM on May 21, 2012


(Main link might be a little NSFW depending on your W.)

Eg. there are somewhat erotic illustrations of nude men (while not overly explicit, somewhat raunchy).
posted by samsara at 7:48 AM on May 21, 2012


A platypus?
posted by eriko at 7:50 AM on May 21, 2012


A naked platypus. NSFW if you work for puritanical platypodes.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 7:55 AM on May 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'd like to see these close. It seems like there would be some texture that is lost in a photograph, especially in the dark areas.
posted by Calzephyr at 7:59 AM on May 21, 2012


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BACON PORN AHEAD!!!
posted by sour cream at 8:19 AM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Some of those animals look just like cameras.
posted by etc. at 8:56 AM on May 21, 2012 [5 favorites]


DUDE THAT TIGER IS BLUE DUDE
posted by Edison Carter at 9:05 AM on May 21, 2012


I once made the mistake of telling someone who drew like this that I took submissions for my comic book.
posted by cmoj at 9:38 AM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


It aint natrul for a body to draw like a photergraf. She done sold her soul, I betcha.
posted by Goofyy at 9:43 AM on May 21, 2012


She should start a company to sell these. And call it Ink of Man Inked with Inky Animal, Inc.
posted by drlith at 10:13 AM on May 21, 2012


I've always felt weirdly about the fascination with art done "by ballpoint pen." I think it must play into the misconception that artistic skill is some sort of mystical manifestation and look! A hero arrives to demonstrate that it can be done with ordinary materials!!

I can understand (high school) art students becoming enamored of this rather pedestrian discovery but have a harder time getting my head around Serious Artists using it as a tool unless they are out to exploit the gimmick factor. Your everyday office pen has some pretty sucky ink, both in terms of longevity as well as performance. I'm sure you could trade up but by the time you got a nicely working tool you'd be up in the same strata as art pens.

Meanwhile, there are guys still working with fusty old techniques whose art will last millenia but will never generate the same fifteen minutes of buzz. I mean, yeah, neat, but why dontcha go ahead and croquill somethin' if you really want my lovin...
posted by Ogre Lawless at 2:04 PM on May 21, 2012


We must share a lawn, Ogre.

Also, I'll point out that this kind of contextless naturalistic attempt at photorealism is pretty much the hallmark of a teenager learning to draw. This is the learning-a-skill stage.
posted by cmoj at 2:28 PM on May 21, 2012


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