I came across English artist Paul Alexander Thornton's artwork a while ago and was instantly drawn into the beautiful colours and photo-realist approach to his pieces. Intrigued to find out more, I read that most of his pieces were created using ball-point pens and was amazed at the depth achieved using a medium that we use so casually every day. Intrigued to find out more about how Paul achieved such effects, what his fascination with skulls was and where his other creative talents lay, I emailed him with questions and was happy to receive a responding email...
1. How and when did you become interested in drawing?
'I have been drawing all my life, as far back as I can remember. I think this is due to the fact my Mum was an art teacher so she always encouraged me to draw, paint and things like that.'
2. What is it about ballpoint pens and felt-tips that make you like to use them?