I‘m no longer surprised to see lawyers do their seemingly effortless pen flips so as to demonstrate the opposing side how little the situation on the floor intimidates them. What does come as a surprise, though, is learning that same Bic pen can be used to create art masterpieces in the hands of a lawyer.
Samuel Silva, a 29-year-old Portugal-based attorney, describes his artwork merely as a hobby, and Bic ballpoint pens – as only one of the mediums in his creative work. It takes time to believe that his drawings are not actually photographs, and then to absorb the information that they were created using only 8 different-colored pens.
“I’m just a lawyer, art is just a hobby for me, although it takes from 5 to 50 hours to finish each drawing,″ says Samuel who started drawing when he was 2.
His work bears a resemblance to Juan Francisco Casas’ hyper-realistic Ballpoint Pen Drawings from neighboring Spain. Both artists use nothing but regular Bic pens, however Samuel uses up to 8 colors, whereas Juan settles for a blue color.