Portfolio: Thomas Reddy

This artist's work combines a love of Victoriana, tattoos, taxidermy and ballpoint pens.

This artist's work combines a love of Victoriana, tattoos, taxidermy and ballpoint pens.

What’s your favourite tool?

The humble ballpoint pen – it’s cheap, accessible, diverse and relatively unexplored.

What techniques to do you use most?

Feathering and cross hatching, which can be used to create a wide range of effects.  

What’s your favourite piece you’ve created?

It’s probably Stone Black Lullaby. When you work on and live with a piece for so long, you can’t help but become attached to it. It was also conceived through significant conversations and friendships.

What materials do you work with?

Mainly antique paper and wood, a ballpoint pen, watercolours and acrylic.

What inspires you?

Off the top of my head, I’d say taxidermy, Victoriana, markets, antiquities, tattooing and Gustav Doré.

Stone Black Lullaby


Thomas used a ballpoint pen on paper to create Stone Black Lullaby.

Family Collection

Family Collection is a decorative alphabet.


Weathered Artefacts

Weathered Artefacts was also created with a ballpoint pen on paper.

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