I really really like sketching and drawing in ballpoint.
It's a quick nimble media, and it doesn't madly unsharpen itself as you work. Current experiments on slightly rougher, higher quality, paper are showing me that it is capable of the light brittle elegance of silverpoint.
But, alas, I am aware of the fact that ballpoint ink is "non-archival." I'm assuming this is mainly owing to the fact that the ink is not waterproof.
Question: would spraying ballpoint with "fixative" magically make it archival?
Question Two: Are there any cartridge type ballpoints out there that can take "archival ink" (that is reasonable available) and that mimic the handling characteristics of the utterly sexy (yet cheap) Bic Roundstic?