Illustrating Youth with a Ballpoint Pen

If you took your old school notebook drawings, full of youthful exuberance and intense attention to detail – then added a dose of seasoned artistic maturity – you would have artwork that looks a lot like Carine Brancowitz’s. Using only a ballpoint pen to create her beautiful drawings, Brancowitz creates illustrations with a primary color pallet from the early 80s filled with subjects that look a lot like they are pining away for that era: despondent youths eating ramen, smoking cigarettes, chilling at the coffee shop.

Growing up in France and spending much of her time exploring music and painting, it’s no wonder Brancowitz has such an eye for her current style. She later honed her skills as she studied illustration, screen printing & lithography at the School of Arts & Graphics Industries, in Ecole Estienne. Her linear work mostly lacks shading and instead relies on a near contour-line like approach which hides nothing. This gives her works a crisp look with rich detail worth exploring. Head to for more, including a large selection of commissioned work.


Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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