Ballpoint pen artist nicknamed Bicasso recreates classics

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An artist has created several recreations of famous works of art using only a ballpoint pen.

Troy Howe, a former playwright, began doodling while trying to combat writers' block and as his sketches became more complex, he realised he had a hidden talent.

He has now drawn pen versions of classic paintings including Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and a portrait of the Queen - all with a biro.

Mr Howe, who is from Kenya, struggled to find inspiration after fleeing his country in exile in 2004 after harassment from police and government officials over his plays.

His new talent was developed in the four years since his arrival in the UK, as his writing was affected by periods during which he struggled.

The artist displayed his collection of work at Leeds University last year and ballpoint pen firm BIC, which is interested in working with him...

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