Sketchbooking: Ballpoint Pen Figures with Ben Young


Streaming Registration Opens August 31st at 8am Pacific Time

Audit: Watch instructor warm up, demo and receive photo reference every week.

Full Participation: Watch instructor warm up, demo, receive photo reference AND receive instructor critique every week.

All videos will be available until two weeks after week 5 of the term.


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Instructor Critiques for Full Participation Students will be uploaded for viewing approximately one week after each class. 

Date : 14-Sep 2021 – 12-Oct 2021

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Tuesday 

Level :  Intermediate to Advanced

Ballpoint pen sketching is a great way to develop confidence in line and mark making, it requires a certain amount of accuracy and leaves little room for error. As it is nearly impossible to make no mistakes it also teaches you how to work with those errors.

We will be working from a variety of photographs and master studies. Exploring cross hatching and line direction as it relates to both form and composition. Other topics covered include value arrangement, edges, mood and design.


  • Sketchbook (toned paper or white paper)
  • Various ballpoint pens: BIC ballpoints, gel, assorted ones found in your studio

Ben Young

Ben Young has studied and taught at Watts Atelier for the past 20 years. He has worked as a freelance illustrator and conceptual designer. Clients include Sony Entertainment, Reflexive Entertainment, Upper Deck and Blizzard. Ben is currently working on his career in fine art. View more of Ben’s work at

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit