Who hasn’t doodled with a ballpoint pen, during a boring meeting or a lengthy lecture? But your roughly sketched flowers, rainbows, and clouds probably have nothing on Helena Hauss‘s depictions of the teenage dream. The Parisian-based illustrator got started the way most of us did, drawing during classes instead of paying attention. But while most of us never progressed past the same repetitive motifs, Hauss continued to refine her technique. Now, her pieces portray the actions of slightly rebellious (i.e. normal) youth, drinking and smoking, reading teen magazines and just hanging out. And she hasn’t outgrown the use of Bic pens either. She finds them perfect for capturing the type of detail she incorporates into her work.
Words by L. Kimberly Leung