James Mylne, 1999 London, England
Lennie Mace Tokyo, Japan
PICKS PAGE ARCHIVES 2015:
Just another day at the 'World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop' in Las Vegas, Nevada, site of the popular reality TV show Pawn Stars. In the Season 9 episode #269 titled I'll Be Doggone (January, 2014), a customer presents Snoopy, a paperback anthology of Peanuts comic strips centering on Snoopy, for sale. On the book's title page, hand-drawn in blue ballpoint pen, is Peanuts character Lucy (van Pelt; sister of Linus) bearing creator Charles Schulz' signature...
This being a History channel program — and one of its most popular — along the way, in 'pop-up' style caption 'bubbles' reminiscent of MTV's Pop Up Videos' 'info nuggets', we learn:
> Snoopy made his first appearance on Oct 2, 1950.
> Snoopy was a composite of Charles Schulz's childhood dogs Snooky and Spike.
> Schulz originally hated the name Peanuts and wanted to name the comic strip Li'l Folks.
> Peanuts debuted in seven newspapers in 1950. But...
> By 2000, Peanuts appeared in 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries and 21 languages.
In the end, only one question is left unanswered (and unasked !)... why didn't Charles Schulz draw Snoopy in an anthology book about Snoopy ??・
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Guy Woodard New York, New York
Austin ''Chumlee'' Russell, newly beloved dim bulb of American TV, calls on the show's go-to book specialist Rebecca Romney to confirm authenticity and value. Rebecca examines the book, the drawing and Schulz' signature. She first compliments the condition of this "fragile" paperback. As for the drawing and signature, she points out ink blobs and inconsistency of the ballpoint ink flow which she sees as signs of authenticity, reasoning by reverse psychology that a forger would likely aim for more perfection to make it look like it was drawn by a 'professional artist' who'd drawn their own characters as often as Schulz had drawn them. Verdict: authentic and worth ''$3,200 to $3,500''. From an opening request of $3,000 by the customer, Chumlee haggles the price down to $1,400. Ka-CHING...
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Pepe Lozano・Cordoba, Spain
Intensa Mirada (Intense Look)・2016
70 x 100cm (28 x 40'') ballpoint pen on paper
''The evolution of Intense Look, the day to day work for about a month of work''・
''Evolucion de Intensa Mirada dia a dia
durante un mes aproximadamente de trabajo''・
Mr. Lozano chose to share the creation of
''IntensaMirada'' not in writing but with photos,
instead. Of over twenty photos submitted, we simplified it to eight.
Artwork © Pepe Lozano (pictured below with the original )
PICK PIECES The Ballpointer staff choose the artwork and let the artist explain it in their own words Vol 3 No 6 posted August 4, 2016
Dave Warshaw・San Diego, California
Snail-a-lope ・ 2016
9 x 12'' (23 x 30.5cm) ・ ballpoint pen on paper
Pepe Lozano Cordoba, Spain
Shane McAdams Wisconsin / Brooklyn
M.I. Shaikh Mumbai, India
All but the keenest viewers may have missed the many ballpoint pen cameos on screens big and small over the years. Ballpoints are regulars in Hollywood productions, and not just as set dressing...
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・Pawn Stars 'reality ' television program・History ch.
''Snail-a-lope, like almost all of my art, is just very spontaneous creation, whenever I have some time to throw something together. I do theme-oriented and pre-meditated stuff mainly for 'themed ' art shows. I have tons of
reference at Avalon Tattoo 2 where I have
worked amongst some of the most well
known tattooists for 17 years now, and tons of inspiration at all times. Constant juices flowing. Customers and friends have chosen
my drawings for tattoos but this one not yet*,
it's still brand new. I wish there were some
sort of meaning behind these, but they are
merely my experiments with ballpoint pen to
try to make something cool'' ・
*During the time between the artist's PICKS
submission and its publication, Snail-a-lope was
in fact chosen by a customer as a tattoo.
Completed tattoo pictured below.
Be sure to visit www.davewarshaw.com
Artwork © Dave Warshaw
Andrey Poletaev Lugansk, Ukraine
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.
A Year in The Pen The Ballpointer Nov 2014 - Nov 2015 PICKS of the Litter 2015
Lennie Mace, 1984 New York, New York
Matt Rota Brooklyn, New York
Eric Seaholm Tokyo, Japan
Peter Ross Hong Kong
Since 2014・Volume 6
Gareth Edwards Stourbridge, England