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​​​​​Pepe LozanoCordoba, 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.


Contact:  designlozano@gmail.com 

Artwork © Pepe Lozano (pictured below with the original )

Lennie Mace, 1984   New York, New York

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 ??

Read more K. RieSTARPOINTS on the CULTUREDpage

Guy Woodard   New York, New York

Eric Seaholm   Tokyo, Japan

​​​​​    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 WarshawSan Diego, California

Snail-a-lope  ・ 2016

9 x 12'' (23 x 30.5cm) ・ ballpoint pen on paper 


Pepe Lozano   Cordoba, Spain

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...

Shane McAdams   Wisconsin / Brooklyn

M.I. Shaikh   Mumbai, India

    Since 2014・Volume 6

Gareth Edwards   Stourbridge, England

Lennie Mace   Tokyo, Japan

PICKS PAGE ARCHIVES 2015:

STARPOINTS  by K. Rie  originally posted August 10, 2016

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... 

Buy Original Art for Peanuts

Pawn Stars  'reality ' television program・History  ch.
texts...

Andrey Poletaev   Lugansk, Ukraine

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...

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.

Matt Rota   Brooklyn, New York

''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

Peter Ross   Hong Kong