Time-lapse Portrait Drawing

This is a time-lapse portrait of a friend of Busy Monkey Studios, Badgerman Ben.

He is so named because of that magnificent badger striped beard he has!

Ben sold us the equipment to create time-lapse photography, so in return we did him a portrait.



This is a mixed media portrait on grey 250gsm sketch paper using the following to create it:

Black & White coloured pencils (Polychromos by Faber Castell)
Black India ink waterproof fine liners (Pitt Artist Pens by Faber Castell)
White ink gel pen (Uniball Broad by Signo)
Black India drawing ink (Windsor & Newton)
Paper stump & putty eraser

Pitt Artist Pens by Faber Castell


Our choice of media


We really like Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens here at Busy Monkey Studios. We do a lot of work using art pens and fine liners and this line (excuse the pun) by Faber-Castell is by far out favourite.

Why we recommend them?

They are waterproof, so perfect for using as a base for watercolour work. Quality of line is unrivaled with these pens, as they are made from top quality India ink. The black brush pens come in a range of different shapes too such as broad, chisel and 1.5mm marker.Also, the pens themselves are pretty hardy and rarely dry out. When you accidentally forget to replace a lid for a an hour or 24, the quality of the pen is unaffected. 

We also really like…



White gel Uniball by Signo pens in both broad and fine (Angelic) tip. They too are waterproof and the lines they give are really opaque. 

As you can see in the video we use these pens to put highlights over coloured pencil and then use a paper stump to break down and blend in the pigment a little.

This page features an excellent guide to white pens of both the fine and broad (marker tip) kind.

As far as coloured pencils go, again, Faber-castell is unrivalled with their Polychromos range. We simply adore them!

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