In this article I’ve collected 20+ black and white drawings/ illustration from a number of talented artists. I’ve tried to show how powerful these illustrations can be and a variety of styles. To see the amazing details I suggest that you click them to be taken to the originals and see the bigger versions. These artists prove that it doesn’t have to take a lot of color and special effects to come up with great inspiring art. Enjoy!
1. Life by ~Lv21Fish
A half-year project with ballpoint pen. Made by Keenan Havens.
2. Burnt to the unrecognizeable
The artist behind this detailed Nissan Skyline drawing, is Norwegian Daniel Hovdahl. At only 16 years old he can already make some pretty amazing art both the tradiotional way (pen & paper) and digitally with Photoshop.
3. Dwarven Last Stand
Polish artist AdrianBorgnine, gives us this detailed dwarven piece drawn with various pens and drawing ink.
4. The placid giant ::. by ~Maiwenn
This amazing Rhinoceros drawing is done completely with a ball pen by French artist Maiwenn.
5. The Juniper Tree by *FunnyLittleBirds
A detailed yet simple piece, made with ink and inspired by the Grimms Tale.
Done by American illustrator Sara Garrett.
6. Untitled 2078 by ~imaginationman
Highly detailed illustration of buildings, made with pens. Jack Stahel aka imaginationman is a 19 year old Australian artist.
7. CCC 4:02 pm by =Kite-ridE
This amazing cartoon-style drawing is of a market that gets busy around 4pm. A lot of funny details in this drawing by Mexican artist Vinnie Veritas. As with all the illustrations in this collection, a full view of the original is adviced for seeing all the details.
8. Black and White by ~joanna–banana
The artist drew this picture in only 2 hours as a birthday gift to a friend. Pencil and paper with no enhancement done digitally. And even more amazing, American Joanna is only 15 years old!
9. harmony: black and white by ~CMercedes
Done with 0,5mm machanical pencil at around 6 hours by 18 year old American artist CMercedes.
10. RISD Bike Drawing by ~4lackofnethingbetter
A good old traditional drawing by 18 year old American Casey Roonan.
11. Black n White by =DreamQuixote
Highly detailed black and white abstract drawing made by American artist Charles Alexander Zavelle.
12. Royal British Columbia Museum by *covenant6452
Sean Anderson from London is the artist behind this beautiful clean drawing.
13. Hulking Gaim Warror by ~Sheblackdragon
This illustration was made in Photoshop CS3 for a Babylon 5 book.
The artist, English Linda M Pitman has been a fulltime freelance artist since 2008.
14. My Drawing by *StevenCarpenter
Another great young artist, Steven Carpenter is an American 16 year-old.
15. Alien Fruit by ~Typthis
A fascinating drawing of amazing fruits, some of which actually exist and others that are “extra terrestial”, thereby the title Alien Fruit. By Australian artist Shelz Keast.
16. The Pillar by *covenant6452
Another one from London-based Sean Anderson.
17. Morning Light – Pencil Drawing by ~calvinart2B
This realistic pencil drawing is made by Calvin La Combe from Canada.
18. Divine Molecular Tuning by ~koalacid
Ballpen drawing. By Japanese artist Koalacid.
19. Everything’s fine by ~UberZombie
HB pencil on paper. By Dutch artist Sander Jansen.
20. The Highwayman by ~TatjanaAgness
A graphite and charcoal drawing from Serbian artist Tatjana Devuracomes.
21. Hands in hand by ~PezZcado
With more than 100 different hands included, this is a drawing that can sure be studied for a long time. Made by Canadian artist, PezZcado.
22. Squeeze Your Mind Like A Lemon by ~bbach
19 year old Danish artist bbach has drawn this highly detailed drawing over 3 days at the Scandinavian College of Design.
23. Our Natural Predisposition by *Ashleigh-Michelle
Drawn in pen and ink by American artist Asleigh-Michelle.
24. Burrowing Owl… Hoot by ~joanna–banana
And finally I just had to add another piece from 15 year old Joanna.
I hope you found these illustrations inspiring. I think they all prove that great art doesn’t necessarily have to include a huge spectre of colors.
Thank you for reading. Would love to hear your opinions in the comments