Welcome to the gallery of Shehbaaz Baurtally from Port Luis in
Mauritius. I am very pleased I have the privilege to introduce you to
his inspirational drawings.
Many of Shehbaaz’s drawings are made by a rare technique, especially those with hand lettering and frame decorations. Truly fantastic and inspirational work.
I am an amateur artist who like realistic art, especially that made
by ballpoint pen, which I started in 2016. In the past during college
days I was very fond of pencil drawing and cross hatching art.
From 1991 to 2004 I was quite active in art. But then I stopped and restart in 2016, thus with a beginner and doing self-practice in ballpoint pen art and some other techniques. I also started in same year with practicing calligraphy of black letter and hand lettering. In this very year I started doing some caricatures of famous people. And I made some drawing of buildings with ball pen.
In 2017 I started developing a love for nature while admiring beautiful landscapes, lakes etc. and this led me to make some imaginary drawings especially with gel pen and ballpoint pen.
So, I am fond of realistic art, calligraphy, hand lettering, imaginary decor and imaginary compositions with pen and drawing of castles or old colonial houses.
Ball pen drawing really requires at least some time to practice because
there is no room for making mistakes. You simply cannot erase ball pen
stroke if wrong. So, your strokes should or must be exact and accurate
as much as possible.
Most of the drawings he made by black ball pen. In fact, when I first saw this art-style made by Shehbaaz Baurtally, I was not sure if this is really made by hand or copied on a machine from somewhere…haha :) yes, I am telling this because the drawings looked so good that I could not believe my eyes at first :)
I am very happy if his drawings can inspire you and give you many hints and kicks to start or improve your art work too.
You see, we are all so called “amateurs” here. Amateur does not mean less value than a so called “professional”. It simply means, amateurs are us, ordinary everyday people, like you and me, who love drawing, love art generally and who are creating art within our possibilities and available free time.
You would be surprised how many “amateurs” art works looks much, much
better and much inspirational than from a so called “professional”
I love how Shehbaaz created and revived that old-style ellipse framing. So nice and so warm. Reminds me of my childhood.
Thank you Shehbaaz for sharing with us your awesome art!
A work with ballpoint pens of 0.7mm and 1.0mm. On the left is Christian Wiehe who built this mansion. Middle is the mansion itself. On the right is an old abandoned train which is there and above it is an old chimney which is equally there.
Gel ink pen
Here is one done today.
These two art done with gel ink pen, I made it with my left hand
instead of right hand which I am accustomed with. Since childhood, I
write and eat with right hand, like most people. But I always play pool
and carom with left hand. So may be I have a sense of being
"ambidextrous" in a strange way.
So I decided that I will practice drawing and writing with left hand.
So we have decor, helicopter, control tower, revolver and canon.
Here is the name "Khritish"
One with black ballpoint pen and one with a blue one.
One with black ballpen and one with blue ballpen.
Ball pens Nataraj
Still in progress. Imaginary view of a village with colorful trees and hilly location.
With the very ball pen on the photo. A practice where focus on trunk is emphasized.
So here is another imaginative tree. More highlights than that of the previous work. A good practice because I can use it in an imaginative view where there will be many trees.
So here is an imaginary artwork with ball pens Nataraj. Ivan even before asking the work in color, I already did it yesterday but decided to share it today. I mean the tree on right side. Hope you like this art. ;)
Despite imaginary but yet, time consuming.
May be this is my best imaginary view I have done till now. It has some sense of realism despite imaginary.
This time I decided to make an imaginative work but aerial view. And I think it worked well. This type of hilly area with full of plantations is common in my country of Mauritius.
Blue ballpen. I like this type of views.
Here is another imaginary view with ballpens Nataraj. Except the pure yellow on the sky which is with a gel ink pen Tuzoo. This is because the yellow ballpen has no pure lemon yellow and I wanted this. A big congratulation to Ivan for completing his Ebook on drawing. Will be very glad to see it.
So here is an imaginary artwork with ballpens Nataraj. Some houses, trees and reflection on a lake nearby. I like this type of view. So even in the lake there are some plants on the left. The water is quite calm and thus the reflection will be more "mirror-like". This type of colorful scene is common in countries like Canada for example.
Ballpens Nataraj. So here is an imaginary art which children may love. I have an idea to publish a small book for children where many of my imaginary artworks are included. May be this will be a mean to motivate them to do art.
Done with a ballpen of 1.0 m
With gel ink pen Nataraj
Its a Nataraj ballpen of 0.7mm. Imaginary art resembling towns in Mauritius in the central plateau.
Its very enjoyable to work with gel ink pen Nataraj
Its gel ink pen Nataraj
As am fond of old abandoned mansions, so here its an imaginary work with a gel ink pen Nataraj. So a scene of an old creepy abandoned mansion.
I have not been so serious with this artwork but made it quite quickly. So here its ballpoint pens and not gel ink pens. Again, like the previous gel pen art I shared, no black pen was used at all.
So, I have placed a ball pen above the artwork to give an idea about its precise size. Stuart, one member here, wanted to know the size. ;)
Am actually doing one art by using a reference photo and which will take lot of time, may be several weeks. But as I cannot constantly remain in it, so to relax then I decided to do some imaginary art with which am at ease and it’s a rest for me.
Here is another imaginary work.
With ballpoint pens Nataraj. Here I decided to do imaginary colored composition with many houses.
Here there is more highlight on the mountain
I decided to make it in blue. The pen on the photo is the one used for making this art. So you can know the precise size of this work
Here there are hand lettering, decors and also three small imaginary views upward. Done with Nataraj ballpens and Tuzoo gel ink pens.
So here is the completed work. Done with colored ballpoint pens Nataraj and on Bristol paper.
This one is imaginative. As usual, usage of colored ballpens Nataraj. I do not find other colored sets of ballpens like Pilot, Bic, Steadler etc. I want to try other brands also. But never mind. At least in my country one colored brand is available.
It’s quite time consuming and still in progress. With colored ball-pens Nataraj 1.0mm. This art shows that not only portraits, but even realistic views, landscapes can be realized with colored ballpoint pens.
This one was also done with Nataraj colored ball-pens. I have not gone too seriously with it but I enjoyed it however. I decided not to put transparent color on the water but as if a dirty muddy water. So here the reflection is be very translucent dominating by the color of the lake.
Done with colored ball pens. It's good to do some simple practice and gets ideas. In this way it will be a good preparation for the serious art we wish to do
While observing a real black and white photo, I made it in this way. Its neither cross hatching nor scribbling
Using cross hatching with colored gel ink pens Tuzoo.
Done recently by using ball pen and colored gel ink pens Tuzoo
With black ball-pen
So here is the completed work with a ballpoint pen which is on the left in one of the photos. Its 0.7mm. So you can have an idea of the precise size of this artwork with decors. Three historical buildings of Mauritius are present. Chateau de Réduit which is the official residence of the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Chateau de la Villebague which is the oldest castle in Mauritius, and, Mahébourg museum.
I used colored gel ink pens Tuzoo and also colored ballpoint pens Nataraj.
Done with the ballpen below it. 0.7mm
The previous work but with some more details
Done with the pen on the right. Its a blue gel ink pen Tuzoo
So only the blue sky was made with a light blue ballpoint pen Nataraj. While the other things were done with colored gel ink pens Tuzoo. As said earlier, its an imaginary composition. After making a scene of Autumn with same Tuzoo gel pens, while from observing a photo, so I decided to make one scene from imagination
Colored gel ink pens and ball pens were used. Due to limited time, I decided to make it a quite simple art work
Its not yet completed but I decided to share it here. It’s with ballpoint pen 0.7 mm. On the left is the Mahebourg museum in Mauritius and on the right its Reduit castle which is the official residence of the President of the Republic of Mauritius. I want to add Mon Plaisir castle which is found in the Pamlemousses Botanical garden of Mauritius. And, Chateau de Villebague which is the oldest castle in my country. Together with some simple hand lettering and decor.
The black part is with ball pen and the colors with gel ink pens. This one is simple. Its very fun to make such type of art. Those who don't like watercolor, oil or acrylic or any other medium, with which they do not feel at ease, especially when it comes to trees and nature in general, then this type of art can be beneficial for them, who knows
Not yet completed. But I think its good to share the uncompleted work first so that people can have an idea. We can make interesting artwork with gel ink pens. Its not only for children this medium
Done with the black ballpoint pen which is on the right. I have gone directly with the drawing with that pen without any plan with a pencil. Its not difficult but just that it demands a bit of practice.
Done with the ballpoint pen below it. Nothing serious. Its just a practice.
This was done today during lunch time at work. Its small. I took half of an A4 paper and made this on it. The pen on the right is the one which was used to do it. So comparing the pen then you will have an idea about the precise size of the art on paper.
Here is another one which I made today. Here its better than the previous decor since most places were made with pencil first. The pen in the photo is the very one I used to make it and its a ballpoint one 0.7mm.
I went directly with pen and no plan with pencil because it’s just a rough work. This type of decor was popular in the past. Here is my own version
As I shared this imaginative art earlier and which was monochrome, today, I decided to color it and still with ballpoint pens Nataraj. So, it’s a pure ballpoint pen art. Both the monochrome and the colored versions have their particular beauty.
I decided to make it simple and still with ballpoint pens. It’s not
necessary to frame the landscape because the whiteness of the paper
surrounding it, is a way to make it more attractive.
I find it fun to make landscape with colored ball pens. Normally we have more control when having a pen in our hand compared to a brush with watercolor, oil or acrylic. This is what I think.
The variety of mediums available in art is a facilitator for us. So if one is not at ease for e.g. with water color or pencil, then maybe he or she will be very comfortable with ball pens.
In my country, ball pen art is still unknown may be to most people. Most people have never ever imagined the "miracle" which can be realized with a cheap medium like ball pen which is available everywhere.
What has happened is that may be people think that a beautiful and advanced art work is only that which is made with expensive tools and high-quality paper, canvas etc. However, you can also make an advanced artwork on a simple A4 paper and with a simple pen.
Its with Nataraj colored ballpoint pens 1.0mm. I wrote "semi imaginary" because I have observed several real photos and took parts of it and included it here and with some modifications. So after my first portrait of Bruce Lee with colored ball pens, this is my first landscape with it.
With aquarelle technique
This was done in March 1998 with normal fine ball pen Redleaf. No pencil was used for plan, but I went directly with pen. Normally this type of art will give the illusion of depth. However its very simple to make it.
Normally when we write in Spencerian, then we apply pressure in pointed pen when going down stroke. Here in this work, am showing what happens if we apply pressure on up stroke. There is no big difference.
We normally write in copperplate while going in the right direction and its best at 52 degrees. Here is a trial of copperplate at the left instead of right
Its in fact a hand lettering as we can see. But in the form of copperplate calligraphy and with decors in the thicknesses. This type of art can be very well below portrait drawing.
At first when we look even at simple Gothic calligraphy, it will seem
complex and as if difficult to learn. But once you learn its basics,
then it become so easy and you can even modify your own way of this
calligraphy, while still respecting its fundamental rules.
In 2016, after learning and practicing Gothic/black letter, it was very amusing to write the names of some of my friends. Its a very dynamic style of calligraphy.
I personally think that calligraphy is indeed a branch of art since its demands practice and creativity.
The name Nadeem is in Copperplate and the imaginary decor up and down are same. This type of decor will go very well in an imaginary drawing of landscape I think.
When we talk about cross hatching then the first thing that comes to our mind is single color, especially black. However, its possible to make colorful drawing by the usage of cross hatch. This simple small drawing shows colors used especially in the background by cross hatch. The pens used are the very pens in the photo; Tuzoo gel ink pens. So for example if I want to show a very dark blackish green, then I can use black and green. To have a better idea just observe the background of this art.
I had a friend who is a big supporter of Barcelona football club. So I decided in 2016 to make a "certificate" for him to show his love for this football team. So I made a badge-like art at the top where I used black letter calligraphy abd decor. And his name and what is written below are hand lettering.
Normally for symmetry we use ruler or having a pen or pencil on both hands. But here its different. I just used my right hand and no ruler. So mental symmetry. After all its not a complex art here so its easy to realize.
So my idea was to display a short funny story on each paper. And with
forging my own cartoon characters. What beautiful in cartoon is that not
only you can make the jokes funny but even the characters' facial and
And this is also a field where you can display short stories showing realities in the society and in a comic way. Thus increasing people's consciousness on particular issues.
I think when we teach things by using humor, then it has a deeper impact than teaching it without humor at all.
Remember our old school days. When our teachers were explaining things by using humor then this was easier to memorize. And we felt sleepy when they continuously explained things seriously.
"Be like water my friend". This inspirational saying of Bruce Lee can be
applied not only in martial arts where the meaning is to learn skills
from different martial arts: adapting with different styles. But also in
art. So you do not limit yourself to only one particular style but you
That is why I do not make only ballpoint pen portraits but also other styles like cross hatching etc. And not only portrait but also drawing of buildings, cats, planes and animals. And also cartoons, calligraphy and hand lettering. Once I have interest in something then I can develop obsession for it.
This obsession is a good one since when you deeply love something, then you learn in an easier way and much more quickly. I honestly think that we are all artists but just that most of us have not develop it. Am saying this because art in general have so many styles and its logically impossible for a person not to be skillful in at least one particular style or branch.
For e.g, one can be not skillful in painting portrait but is at ease with pencil drawing. One can be not at ease with pencil drawing but is very talented with ballpoint pen. One can find drawing portrait as a nightmare but is very at ease with drawing or painting of landscape. So I think to find a man with no artistic ability at all, then this is apparently impossible.
I like the idea of putting hand lettering and decor below a portrait drawing
I like making small size portraits not only because its less time consuming but has its own beauty. This art here was made last year.
Apart from an incomplete work which I shared in this wonderful website, all the buildings and castles I shared up till now including this one here also, no general complete plan was made with pencil on the paper. But what I do is for eg I start drawing a window and then with mental accuracy I continue it. Of course it will not be as accurate as with the usage of grids. But it works well.
Drawn with a normal ballpoint pen and with decor and simple hand lettering. This was done in 2016. The palace is Ahmedganj of Murud, Maharashtra in India. Its famous because some horror movies of Bollywood were shot over there.
Done in 2016. With ballpoint pen
Done in 2016 with normal ballpoint pen and with some simple decor and hand lettering surrounding it
This was done in 2016. Circular decor has its beauty. I like ellipse and circular forms.
This type of presentation will go well in a certificate on top. I think
I am sharing the art before coloration and after coloration. Both has its beauty on its own even though with colors its more attractive
While observing a real photo, I was drawing it with gel pen on paper and in this style. It appears like engraving. I had to abandoned it since I made a mistake. Never mind, it happens.
First of all, I would like to thank Ivan very much for making a gallery of my arts. Its a great pleasure and honor to see my works in a gallery here. Well, here in this small art, I was showing double exposure, but I had to abandoned it since I made an error. There is no room for errors when it comes with ball pen, especially at places where accuracy is mandatory. But it worked as you can see.
With ballpoint pen blue. Notice here that its not realistic. Well, when we are making a portrait, the intention is important. Here I just wanted to do it quickly provided that it shows the personality I wanted to depict. Commercially this level is very beneficial since rapid art means selling at reasonable price, thus, affordable by most people. Compared to realistic portraits which can take more than 60 hours and which will normally be sold at a much higher price.
I like the ellipse form because its more attractive than that of rectangular or square as curve form is not common.
I am of the opinion that an artwork can be;
When it comes to painting nature, am not skilled in it so much. But my love for it pushes me to make such thing. Here its not paper. I used oil painting, water colors, "pentel" and gel pen. Yes, oil colors are normally used on canvas. But I wanted to use it on paper
Gel pen is smooth and am at ease with it when I make imaginary art.
Hand lettering and decor together with colors application
This was done in 2017. With ballpoint pen Nataraj 1.0mm. It was time consuming but the result was very interesting as it was realistic.
This was done with a gel pen black. While observing a real black and white photo, I decided to make it with my own style of "half tones". In this personal technique, I decided that the squares must be same size. And it shall be filled from beginning to middle. Better observe it well to have an idea.
This was done some weeks ago. Time consuming but realistic. The pen used is ballpoint pen Nataraj 1.0mm black.
After observing trees, hills and mountains in my surroundings in Mauritius, I decided last year to draw an imaginative landscape with trees, hills etc which resembles nature in Mauritius.
This was done with black gel pen which I think is an excellent tool for drawing nature and building. This art is an imaginative one.
Its with normal ballpoint pen and on paper. However, it appears like scratch board art but of course not in reality
Its with water color and aquarelle
Its with normal fine ballpoint pen Redleaf
Done in 2016
Here is a work done purely with gel pen Tuzoo. It is autumn. May be many people have not realized that we can do serious arts with just the usage of gel pens. If I want for e.g, orange color then I can apply yellow and then red on it. So color mixing works in it although not surpassing oil paints.
Its Nataraj colored ballpoint pen 1.0mm. Its takes time and is more complex than using a single color. I decided to make one which is of small size.
Its a work done purely with ballpoint pen Nataraj 1.0mm. And I also made some imaginary decor as you can see. Thanks to Ivan who is giving us opportunity to share our works here. God bless him.
This castle which is locally known as "Chateau De Villebague" is the oldest castle in Mauritius. It was the official residence of French governor Mahé De Labourdonnais.
In February, while I was at Port Louis, more precisely on a kind of hill known as Citadelle where there is a fortress, I was admiring the beautiful scene of this town. Then I decided to make an imaginary one with black gel pen. And it worked. Art is not only a good hobby but also a therapy against stress and depression.
Done with ballpoint pen and below it is hand lettering with decor
Its a village surrounded by hills and mountains. Very quiet place with beautiful landscapes. Here its with ballpoint pen and with hand lettering
I like the colonial period of Mauritius. So here I made an imaginary art which depicts a colonial house together with trees.
So here we have hand lettering, decor and a pleasant scene
It appears that he is frightened. Blue ballpoint pen
The famous man from India
The legendary comedian
Cross hatching goes well here
The famous singer
Rapid style but which is fun
This was done quickly and is cartoon like. In this type of quick art, there is no necessity of details. But what is important is that it has the personality we want to show. Just like here. So, anyone who see this will quickly know its Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, if he or she is a fan of Hindi cinema.
This was done with water color and gel pens. For a child.
This art was done quite rapidly and with ballpoint pen Nataraj 1.0mm. So we can make refined art with rapid technique but just know how to realize it. Notice the liveliness in the eyes especially the left one. Good observation is very important.
Done with ballpoint pen Nataraj. Notice the liveliness. For an art to be realistic, appropriate values must be respected and refined texture.
Cross hatching is not only easy but also efficient in making caricature. May be its the most popular technique when it comes about drawing with single color. If we respect values found on a photo reference, then we can even make realistic portrait.
Here its quite realistic since values have been respected. If you have to make simple portraits for clients and which are realistic, then cross hatch technique is very efficient
Here its not cross hatching but a technique different and more complex than cross hatch
With ballpoint pen. The pen next to the art gives an idea about the size of it.
A small drawing of Hélio Gracie, founder of BJJ: Brazilian Ju Jitsu. Done with ballpoint pen.
The pen is Nataraj. Blue color has its beauty. May be many will see portrait with blue color more realistic than black one...correct me if am wrong. This work took me many hours since I focused a lot on details.
The style used here is that in the small paper on the right of the portrait. While the pen on the left is the very pen I used to make this portrait. May be many never thought that even with simple rolling everywhere style, realistic portraits can be achieved. But its possible and this art here proves it clearly.
With ballpoint pen.
Hand lettering with decor
Hand lettering with décor
Done with ballpoint pen. This type of decor is good to be displayed below a drawing of landscape, portrait etc by putting it double and symmetrical
Here is a hand lettering with decor of the name Waseem.
On top is Urdu. Middle is black letter and at the bottom is Spencerian but hand lettering (only spencerian one)
Here is the hand lettering of name Deepty and with some decor
Here is a hand lettering with decor of name Daniel together with colors.
My lovely nephew
Who doesn’t know this funny guy who made millions of people laugh. Quick drawing
Quick drawing. He is one of the best actors of Bollywood. Many even consider him the best actor of Indian cinematography
Quick drawing. King Faisal of Ibn Saud family, the second richest family in the world after Rothschild
Quick drawing. He is a popular singer
This one is a ballpoint pen art. It contains also hand lettering
Notice the seriousness of his facial expression. Its exactly like that in the photo reference which I shot with my mobile. Respecting facial expression increases liveliness in art
This art, which appears as if style of centuries ago, is very interesting
I think I forgot to share this work. So, a small portrait of actor Bruce Lee and below is hand lettering and decor
With ballpoint pen.
This was done in 2016 with Bic ballpoint pen
Bollywood horror films lovers will quickly identify this quick drawing of a horrible demoniac face. Well, for those who don’t know, this is a drawing of the demon of Hindi film "Purana Mandir" which means "Old Temple". This horror film is my favorite and the demon who is in fact Anirudh Agarwal, is the best actor in demon role, in Indian cinema.
Very popular in the past, now its rare I think not only in Mauritius but in most part of the world
Hand lettering and decor.
With Bic pen 1.6mm black
With normal ballpoint pen. This aircraft is for me the most beautiful one ever made. So a combination of speed, power, masterpiece of engineering and beauty.