Events Girl with a Pearl Earring

Published on April 29th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw

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Bic Drawing Masterpiece

As we continue to celebrate National Stationery Week, it is easy to overlook the humble ballpoint pen.

Yet one very creative artist, James Mylne took this everyday writing instrument and created something quite extraordinary.

Using just one BiC Cristal pen, James produced a copy of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece The Girl with a Pearl Earring. The original painting is thought to date back to around 1665. It shows a girl wearing an exotic dress, oriental turban and of course, a pearl earring. The painting has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague since 1902.

In 1999, Tracy Chevalier wrote an historical novel, The Girl with a Pearl Earring that inspired the 2003 film of the same name, starring Colin Firth as Vermeer and Scarlet Johansson as Griet, the girl with the pearl earring.

James Mylne Re-created The Girl With A Pearl Earring Using a BiC Cristal Pen in 90 Hours

James Mylne is seen as a pioneer in the ballpoint pen art medium. His photo-like detail is a technique that James has been perfecting since he was 16 years old.

“Like everyone, I doodled a lot with pens at school” he said.

“…I gently stroke the surface of the paper with the end of the nib in a quick repetitive action. Skimming the surface lightly leaves a light line. Each line or stroke is as close to the former as possible, creating what appears like a smooth gradient.”

 His re-creation of The Girl with a Pearl Earring took James 90 hours to complete. The illustration is made even more impressive when you consider that by using a ballpoint pen there was no opportunity for James to erase or cover any mistakes.

You can view more of James’ work on his website James Mylne Art including his most celebrated work, an illustration of Hollywood icon, Audrey Hepburn.

If you are inspired by James Mylne’s creations why not invest in a pack of Bic Ballpoint Pens and start work on your own masterpiece? They are all available to order with next working day delivery from the Post Office Shop.

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