Lennie Mace Tokyo, Japan
''Almost all of my ideas come from shapes suggested by nature. Here, I have pulled from a series of sketches related to the studies I've done on plants and grass, investigating the various layers of soil and how they behave in the presence of the wind; sparse or dense, motionless or bent by the air. I flowed those ideas into this work, spatially and intellectually re-elaborated, reorganized via constant dialogue between memory, evocative processing and graphic studies. A reinvention of reality. There are two large spaces left in white, like an elbow. These graphic pauses are needed to balance the design, especially when dealing with such descriptive themes, and help the alternation of forcefully executed lines to communicate with the more softly defined graphic elements. Many changes of direction and expressive force can be seen.
I get very good results from my trusty Bic, held in a certain way with a minimum grip. Different areas of the design exploit all the different features of the versatile and expressive medium. There are areas where less definition is sufficient and others where meticulous work must be conducted with great patience. Pens that release more ink are as useful as those that release less ink, working as equals. I take this peculiarity into account and use the pens to my advantage to achieve the graphic effects I desire. A work of this size requires a full week of attention''・
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RECAP originally posted in installments throughout 2015
Andy Warhol @ Christie's online auction series, 2015
Shirish Deshpande Belgaum, India
James Mylne, 1999 London, England
PICK PIECES The Ballpointer staff choose the artwork and let the artist explain it in their own words Vol 4 No 7 posted October 15, 2017
Alberto Repetti・Genova, Italy
The Elemental Landscape August, 2017 ・ 48 x 33cm (19 x 13'') ・ ballpoint pen on cardboard
Dave Warshaw San Diego, California
No, the drawings presented here have NOT been ''defaced'' or altered in any way. The title of this new section, DE FACED, simply describes the fact that the artworks presented here have been pulled from social media posts such as facebook and, as such, therefore ''de''-faced, as it were. Some of the artists may be familiar to readers, but new faces will also be introduced here. These artists have not been notified of inclusion here, but every effort will be made to credit the artwork as they did in their original posts.
The content of this slideshow presentation will be revised regularly & randomly.
Listed by date, from most recently posted.
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PICKS PAGE ARCHIVES2016: Read about these artworks in the artists' own words in The Ballpointer PICKPIECE archives. Click on the artwork to see their PICKPIECES.
Andrey Poletaev Lugansk, Ukraine
Ler Huang Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Guy Woodard New York, New York
Chen Zhen Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Missing the Ball Point
Dimes-to-donuts there's a ballpoint pen within reach of you right now. Reliable friends, always there when you need them; on standby to scratch a Hitler mustache onto The President or blacken the teeth of the covergirl dujour. Your grade-school composition books were probably filled with more stream-of-conscious creative filler than actual studies. But this proletarian tool is no longer just for signing checks, writing postcards or doodling sweet nothings.
The origins of ballpoint artwork echo the humble origins of art itself. Caveman roots; the universal, instinctive urge to create. For some, an irresistible force; to express oneself, to leave one's mark, to teach, using whatever tools are available. All that's necessary is the will to do so, pressed by a bit of creative curiosity, aided by ingenuity. ''Let's see what happens when I do this.'' Galleries, museums and art critics enter the equation much later.
There you sit, a dozen-thousand years later, surfing through the daily barrage of viral news. A headline grabs you: Starving Artist Illustrates The Bible on his Bedroom Wall Using Ballpoint Pens. Well, ''starving artist '' doesn't mean much anymore; with the amount of aspiring artists art schools churn out every year its a miracle anyone goes onto a career. ''Illustrating the Bible ''? Hasn't that already been accomplished in any number of formats any number of times in any number of languages ? ''On his bedroom wall ''? Children cover walls with masterpieces daily, to their parent's dismay, worldwide. And ''using ballpoint pen''? Now there's a story, right ? Well…
News outlets worldwide still report about artwork created using ballpoint pens as if, in the half-century since its invention, the pens have never been given any artistic consideration. Prior to the advent of the internet and social media, their ignorance could be forgiven. Nowadays ballpointers are everywhere, in every corner of the world, and the so-called ballpoint Wow Factor in and of itself carries less weight. The internet and social media are these days awash with ballpoint art blogs of every stripe, although with varying content. Ballpoint art classes may already be part of a curriculum somewhere. But the birth of the internet didn't mark the beginnings of ballpoint innovation; if anything, it merely serves as proof of how commonplace it has become, or how it has been all along ・・・
Peter Ross Hong Kong
Holly Cappello Portland, Oregon
Lennie Mace, 1984 New York, New York
Shane McAdams Wisconsin / Brooklyn
Andrey Poletaev Lugansk, Ukraine
Pepe Lozano Cordoba, Spain
Gareth Edwards Stourbridge, England
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Pepe Lozano Cordoba, Spain
Eric Seaholm Tokyo, Japan
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M.I. Shaikh Mumbai, India
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MalOjo Basque Country
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