In this workshop graphic novelist Gina Siciliano will share her ball-point pen technique. Siciliano is the author of "I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi", a graphic novel biography of a seventeenth-century painter drawn entirely with ball-point pen, published by Fantagraphics in 2019. Throughout the book, Siciliano used simple Bic pens to mimic the look of traditional oil painting. In this workshop she’ll demonstrate her process of building layers of pen ink over preliminary pencil designs, showing the benefits of working with a softer, rolling pen verses harder, darker microns and nibs. Students will explore this often underestimated medium, learning how to do a lot with very little.

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