James Mylne biro drawing of Audrey Hepburn in progress

Blow Out (and about) // An exhibition of biro drawings. What a load of ball(point)s.

We’ve all done a birrova biro doodle whilst on the phone at work.

Some of us were even lucky enough to own a Spirograph toy in our yoof, and became the creator of… squiggly circles. Shit loads of ’em. In different colours.

Some of us may even draw words on our hands, a la Coldplay’s Chris Martin with handy reminders like, ‘Remember to wash’.

Spirograph toy 80s

What: James Mylne – Vintage Vogue exhibition
When: 5th – 31st October 2012
Where: Rook & Raven Gallery, 7-8 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HN
Getting there: Tottenham Court Road or Goodge Street tube stations

Take a look at this. It was created using – yup, you guessed it – BIC biros. BLOODY BIROS EVERYONE!!!

James Mylne biro drawing of Audrey HepburnIt’s actually insane. I mean, I’m lucky if I can write in biro without getting ink splodges everywhere and my notepad looking like an Octopus has shat all over the page. Let alone create life like drawing like James Mylne does.

As you may have gathered, James Mylne is a London artist, specializing in photo realist drawings in biro ballpoint. And they’e fucking good.

James Mylne biro drawing of Audrey Hepburn in progress

You can see for yourself at his first solo exhibition – Vintage Vogue at Soho’s Rook & Raven Gallery next month. For the show, Mylne has penned icons from the 40s, 50s and 60s – and not a blob of Tippex in sight. Clever chap.

See how he does it in this video:

With today’s overbearing pressure on models’ appearance and over photo-shopped images, it is worth remembering how effortless style and elegance was achieved so naturally many decades ago.

Couldn’t agree more. In fact, we think it’s INK-credible. Stu-PEN-dous! Oh, loooooooooooooool.

Vintage Vogue opens to the public on the 5th October at Rook & Raven Gallery through to October 31st 2012. Visit rookandraven.co.uk for full deets.

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