I love Sharpie Markers- I always have. Later in my life I would buy the huge packs of them- with 36 colors and with metallic colors. I loved their strong lines and how easily they fit in my hand. I loved how they seemed to have an endless supply of ink. In college I would hang out with my sketch book drawing anything that came to mind with them or sometimes I would take them to boring lectures and draw portraits of the people around me. Sharpie portraits. Actually these are some of my favorite pieces I did in college.
While clicking through I stumbled across Justine Ashbee who lives in Brooklyn and makes these beautiful and organic drawings with sharpies. On her website there are a ton of these beautiful drawings. Check out #14. I think it’s my favorite.
Picture from Justine Ashbee's store.
From her artist’s statement:
“I’m utilizing stark, amorphous lines to trace the movement and human experience of the non-linear and imaginational realms. Through this intuitive visual language, a negotiation of the visceral and everyday human experiences of beauty and pleasure, and feeling are given voice.”
You can visit her store here. It has really reasonably priced prints and t-shirts!
And for a really cool video of sharpie art check this out. It’s totally worth the pay off at the end.
Etsy Seller John Clark creates sharpie portraits with words.
He’s been on Etsy forever. I really like his stuff. It’s very young and fun.
I stumbled upon this project- the Church of Sharpie. Alexandra Mir, a New York artist, brought 16 young artists together to create huge sharpie drawings with American themes. The drawings are really cool- I would love to see them full size!
Do you know you can personalize Sharpies?!?! HOW FUN! Wedding favors or prizes or a fun gift! Totally cute! I want one with a skull and crossbones!
This is a piece I did with Sharpie markers last year. Crazy lines! I totally want to go home and get out my sharpies!! The piece is in my shop.