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Amazing ballpoint pen drawings depict what modern-day Buddhas look like

An illustrator interested in contemporary Japanese and American pop culture, Andrew Browne has come up with a series of drawings depicting pop culture Buddhas.

The illustrations from his latest series Idols are impressive Buddha beauties, and they become even more enjoyable to see when you learn they were all drawn using ballpoint pens. He’s created quite a variety of idols, ranging from Darth Vader to a Japanese schoolgirl to a ‘Salaryman’.

On his website, he writes that he draws with ballpoint pens because the quality is like intaglio and lithography, ink’s permanence makes him strive for perfection and that the work is meditative.

I’m glad he thinks it’s meditative, because when I imagine doing what he does with just a ballpoint pen, stressful or impossible sounds like a better adjective.

Check out some fantastic snaps from his Instagram account below.

A ballpoint pen drawing from 2015. – 2015年のボールペン画です。 – #ballpoint #Buddha #analog #Tokyo #好きこそ無敵

A photo posted by Andrew Browne (@monomizerart) on

Ballpoint pen on bristol. One of the Buddhas I drew last year (2015). – #Buddha #idol #ballpoint #drawing – – – – #Dailyart #artspotlight #art_collective_mag #proartists #artoftheday #portrait #portraitdrawing #realisticdrawing #ballpointpendrawing #ballpointpen #illustration #pen #ink #analog #artist #monochrome #bw #tokyo #asakusa #japan

A photo posted by Andrew Browne (@monomizerart) on

Salaryman Buddha. Ballpoint on bristol. – 傲岸不遜 サラリーマン大仏のボールペン画。 – #salaryman #Buddha #ballpoint #idol – – – – – #Dailyart #artspotlight #art_collective_mag #proartists #artoftheday #portrait #portraitdrawing #realisticdrawing #ballpointpendrawing #ballpointpen #illustration #analog #artist #monochrome #bw #tokyo #asakusa #japan #commute #beer #ramen

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Ballpoint pen on bristol. Salaryman. – ボールペン画です。サラリーマン。 – #salaryman #ballpoint #buddha #idol – – – – #Dailyart #artspotlight #art_collective_mag #proartists #artoftheday #portrait #portraitdrawing #realisticdrawing #ballpointpendrawing #ballpointpen #illustration #analog #artist #monochrome #bw #tokyo #asakusa #japan #comingsoon #東京 #サラリーマン #通勤 #アイドル #大仏 #イラスト #モノクロ

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Ballpoint pen on bristol. Android Buddha – 人造人間 女子高生大仏のボールペン画 – #Buddha #ballpoint #idol #android – – – – – #Dailyart #artspotlight #art_collective_mag #proartists #artoftheday #portrait #portraitdrawing #realisticdrawing #ballpointpendrawing #ballpointpen #illustration #analog #artist #monochrome #bw #tokyo #asakusa #japan #cables #skirt #fashion #東京 #日本 #人造人間 #アイドル #ボールペン

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Ballpoint pen on bristol. This is one more from 2015 I wanted to share again. – 2015年に描いたボールペン画です。 – #starwars #ballpoint #buddha #idol – – – – #Dailyart #artspotlight #art_collective_mag #proartists #artoftheday #portrait #portraitdrawing #realisticdrawing #ballpointpendrawing #ballpointpen #illustration #analog #artist #monochrome #bw #tokyo #asakusa #japan #darthvader #samurai #kurosawa #film

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About the author

I’m a South Carolinian who ended up in Australia. I’m a leather-wearing vegetarian, and I like to read poetry written by people I know. @Nemiwai

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