"I am an illustrator and artist currently based out of Oakland, California. I strive to make work that is both funny and often gross or unsettling. Always with sketchbook and pen in hand, I spend hours a day drawing the things around me (everything on my desk, floor, shelf), going for long woodsy walks, collecting sticks, rocks and pinecones and eating massive amounts of watermelon. I love tiny details and asking people to get their faces 2 inches away from the work to read tiny commentary; it creates an intimacy and accessibility that breaks down many of the barriers of intimidation and exclusion in traditional fine art.
Inktober had us completely amazed with all of the talented artists on Instagram sharing their work and posting on a daily basis.
Imagine our surprise when we started seeing a particularly specific homage to the Pigma Micron 01 pen tagged with #pigmainktober. The incredibly creative artwork featured Micron 01 as the subject of a whimsical series. Every day a new one would appear, each drawing more imaginative than the last. The wonderful artist behind the series is the very talented Italian illustrator Marianna Balducci.
Now that Inktober is over, we have a wonderful compilation of Micron themed drawings, courtesy of Marianna!
About the Artist
Marianna Balducci was born in 1985 in Rimini (Italy), graduated in fashion (2011, University of Bologna, Campus of Rimini), and is interested in learning one of the most innovative contemporary visual languages. She started working immediately after graduation as a freelance in communications, illustration and stopmotion video. She works with a specific focus on her city, often a source of inspiration of her projects. She’s the author of the stop motion video clip “Catalan” for the guitarist Dominic Miller. Her last works include the game-book “La Saraghina in gita” to introduce children to the city of Rimini. Recently she had a series of photographs “Temperini, pennini e schiacciapatate” exhibited in the Biennial of Drawing (Rimini, 12 April-8 June 2014).
Follow Marianna on Twitter: @MariannaBal
Thank you so much for sharing your work Marianna! It's wonderful to see you love Microns as much as we do.
"I use Microns for the entire base drawing of all my work. I loosely sketch my illustrations in pencil and then ink everything in with 005 microns. I use them to outline patterns and for traditional pen and ink textures. I've found that the 005 does exactly what I want on Cold Pressed watercolor paper, sort of giving the appearance of an etching and allowing for variation in line without any bleeding.
Once I discovered Microns it was a total game changer. I love that you don't have to deal with tips clogging or messy refills. The fact that they are lightfast and archival is also really important to me because I want my art to be long-lasting. I've tried a bunch of other brands with similar products, but I've found Microns to have the finest and blackest line. They do exactly what I want them to- which is an amazing thing in an art supply! Honestly the only Sakura products I've tried are the Microns (and 005 black are my favorite). Besides pencils and acrylic inks I really don't use anything else.
"As an artist, I feel as if any of my aesthetic creations are, most simply, an amalgamation of various elements. I primarily derive much of my inspiration from being situated within urban spaces. Originally from Detroit and now living in Salt Lake City, I have found an urban landscape, both physically and ideologically, provides an extraordinarily stimulating set of experiences and realities. Above all, within an unparalleled importance, is the observer. My art does not exist outside of your gaze. Your consumption, interpretation and reactions are truly what negotiates the meaning of these aesthetic contributions. Just as colors do not exist within themselves, but rather exist within relation to other colors, my art, my thoughts and my being do not exist in and of themselves, but rather are dependent upon you and your active engagement.
The Pigma Micron pens are the most accurate and consistent ink pens I have experienced. Their trustworthiness supports the capacity for all the fine details in my work."