It is on unusual and ancient supports that Mark Powell makes his incredible ballpoint pen drawings. Newspapers, envelopes, atlases, postcards … His line of ink blends harmoniously with those of the documents he uses. We could easily think that the drawing has originally always been on the paper. Everything is here in its place. With his impeccable technique, Mark Powell gives his subjects a great expressivity through which we are tempted to invent the story.
From a technical point of view, the artist explains that all the ancient documents he uses differ from each other. Mark Powell must, therefore, adapt to their uniqueness, each time. « Some take ink better than others, some are thicker than others. Time will educate you on this », he explains.