Amazingly Detailed Flower Hand Drawn with a Ballpoint Pen

This hand drawn flower by UK-based artist, illustrator, and surface pattern designer Paul Alexander Thornton pops off the page with miraculous detail. The artist says he has “a love affair with ballpoint pens and felt-tips.” Ever since he was a child, Thornton has been drawing and so, from an early age, he always knew that he would grow up to be an artist.

All of Thornton’s work begins on paper. He has an immense talent for lights and shadows, which results in photorealistic image that viewers will want to reach out and touch. His larger images can take up to one full month to complete, while smaller drawings take anywhere from a few days to a week.



Paul Alexander Thornton’s website
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20 Nature-Inspired Embroidery to Melt Away the Winter Blues

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Literature-Loving Writers Can Now Work in Mark Twain’s Library

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