24 May 2024

WIP and Minimalist Ball Point Pen Drawings

A bringing together of WIP and minimalist Ball Point Pen portrait drawings.

Brazilian Artist Luiz Henrique is the one whom drew all of the faces contained in this post.

The difference between a WIP and a minimalist drawing, is a subtle one.  One very obvious, when you know why they stand apart.

WIP is an abbreviation for: Work in progress.  It's a succinct description of a drawing, in this case, not quite finished.

A minimalist drawing, is one which despite initial appearances is actually completed.  In the case of a portrait:  Some of the features might be left at line drawing stage.  Others, might be missing all together.  In many cases, artists use this form of art, to focus on particular features of the face.  They leave out or dim, the details outside the focused area.

The first drawing can be an example of a WIP drawing.  Details are being added to the initial sketch.  The artist is photographing an intermediate stage of the process.   

The fourth drawing, is an example of a minimalist one.  The focus of the artist is on they key features of the face.  The ones most responsible for expressions.  The rest, is simply left out.

There are no hard rules about these definitions.  If left at that stage, the first drawing becomes a minimalist drawing and if drawing four is continued then, what you see now becomes a WIP.

The ultimate decision rests with the artist's intentions.  What are they trying to convey with the drawing...

I hope this is clear?...

Ps. I gave the images some titles.
Intense look portrait.
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A questioning look portrait.
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Looking with hope portrait.
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Not at all convinced portrait.
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Turning only your eyes portrait.
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Trying to hypnotise you portrait.
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Worried eyes and a bad feeling portrait.
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Black eyes deep in thought portrait.
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A kind gaze portrait.
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A subtle smile full of empathy portrait.
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