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The Art of Ballpoint


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Matt Rota is an illustrator living and working in Brooklyn New York. He is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts. His clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeny's, Foreign Policy Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Utne Reader, LA Weekly and more. He's received awards and recognition from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, 3x3 Magazine, Spectrum, American Illustration, and Luerzer's Archive.


"Owing to the prevalence and simplicity of the ballpoint pen, this guide will have wide appeal across age groups and experience levels." - Library Journal
"I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of The Art of Ballpoint by artist and illustrator Matt Rota. After a careful read, here is what I found. I was immediately struck by the accessibility and depth of the book. You can read it either as a tool and resource for technique, a history book, or a deep cross-section of stylistic choices for the use of this oft-overlooked medium. Equal parts instruction and inspiration the book foiled my attempts to skim and I found myself drinking in every word and image." - Marc Scheff, Illustration Age
"this 162-page book highlights just what incredible work can be created with this humble tool" - Paint & Draw

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