When I first encountered Juan Francisco Casas’ art I was stunned. Sure, there are a lot of artists out there that can draw lifelike figures. But how many of them work with nothing but a blue Bic pen? And draw photographs up to 10 feet tall? As far as I know – exactly one.
Here is what the Daily Mail had to say:
They may look like pin-sharp photographs – but these amazing pictures are actually drawings created with the humble ballpoint pen.
The stunning pictures, measuring up to 10ft high, were drawn by a rising star of the art world, Juan Francisco Casas.
Casas, 31, can use up to four 14p ballpoint pens for a canvas and his works are already a sell-out at exhibitions.
Formerly a traditional painter, Juan began the drawings three years ago based on photographs of nights out with his friends.
According to Juan:
I also wanted to create it with something that everyone has – a Biro (Bic). I don’t think it has ever been done before. For me it’s not that different from painting. I was trying to show that it doesn’t matter what material you use, it’s what you do with it.”
I actually just sent him an e-mail via his contact form and am hoping to commission him to do a drawing for me. If we ever hook up and he takes me up on the offer I’ll certainly share the results here on the blog. For now, enjoy some of his current work.
This next one is amazing. I think it was like 10 feet tall or something:
And here is a closeup to prove it’s a drawing:
Pose for the camera!
Flossing is important:
Finally, here is the artist hard at work: