To this day I enjoy sketching with a ball point pen. I've always thought of it as part of my intrinsic laziness. You know, just using what ever is convenient instead of hassling with crowquills and brushes. But if I'd seen Caitlin Hackett's work early on in my career I might well have taken it up as my medium of choice. She employs the ballpoint pen, among other materials, to create some exquisitely rendered pieces of dark surrealism. These first two are large. I can imagine that the initial impact of the work would be quite impressive, only to be surpassed by slow and careful close-up examination of the details.
You can see some more at her website caitlinhackett.carbonmade.com
"In the Aftermath", 4' 7" x 5' 11" ballpoint pen, ebony pencil, water color, colored pencil, gesso
"In the Aftermath" detail
untitled, 4' 7" x 4' 8" ballpoint pen, water color, ebony pencil, colored pencil