''My new ballpoint pen drawing is one of my series about Kateryna the heroine of Taras Shevchenko's poem and painting. Shevchenko is our national poet and artist, lived in 19th century. The drawing is devoted to the hard destiny and life of Ukrainian women who go abroad to find work and better life. I had already Katerynas in New York, London, Washington D.C., Moscow, etc. 

Before, when I used Kateryna, I try to show the hard life of simple Ukrainian woman. Now, when I took Zurich/Switzerland I changed the meaning a little. Usually, in Ukraine, when the government is changed, the previous, who were or became billionaires, go away to European countries, most of all to Switzerland, where they have their bank accounts. So still I made Kateryna again to show the social contrast. 

I spent a month to make it. I used only Bic pens, black. The photo is from the net. Famous place , I think, St. Peter's Church. It is the 15th of my Kateryna series. I used her image not only in world cities. If we take in cities, famous places, then the 7th. I think I shall continue the series, maybe even like Kateryna in some fantasy places''

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Artwork © Serhiy Kolyada

  EDITORIAL  by R. Bell  originally posted October 27, 2014

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 

A Year in The Pen  The Ballpointer  Nov 2014 - Nov 2015   PICKS  of the Litter 2015

Lennie Mace   Tokyo, Japan

Holly Cappello   Portland, Oregon

illustration by Susan May for The Ballpointer

Lennie Mace, 1984   New York, New York

MalOjo   Basque Country

Gareth Edwards   Stourbridge, England

Andrey Poletaev   Lugansk, Ukraine

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Eric Seaholm   Tokyo, Japan

James Mylne, 1999   London, England

Peter Ross   Hong Kong


Shane McAdams   Wisconsin / Brooklyn

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Chen Zhen   Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Pepe Lozano   Cordoba, Spain

Shirish Deshpande   Belgaum, India

​​​​​​RECAP   originally posted in installments throughout 2015

Andy Warhol @ Christie's  online auction series, 2015 

Read archived coverage of Warhol ballpoints put up for sale

Ler Huang   Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Andrey Poletaev   Lugansk, Ukraine

Guy Woodard   New York, New York

M.I. Shaikh   Mumbai, India


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Pepe Lozano   Cordoba, Spain

Matt Rota   Brooklyn, New York

​​​​​​​​    PICK PIECES   The Ballpointer staff choose the artwork and let the artist explain it in their own words   Vol 4 No 2  posted March 27, 2017

Serhiy Kolyada

Kiev, Ukraine

Kateryna in Zurich   2017

37 x 55cm (15 x 22'')

ballpoint pen on paper 

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. 

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