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Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World

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The most comprehensive, step-by-step, hands-on creative workbook for creating art with Sharpie markers.


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The most comprehensive, step-by-step, hands-on creative workbook for creating art with Sharpie markers.

30 review for Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paulina Fricke

    HOLY MOTHER OF GOD this book is an embarrassment. Besides being a giant advertisement for sharpie, he lists every color each variety comes in, the writing is atrocious. He references Wikipedia! He defines what a freaking post it note is and lists the colors they come in as well. Some of his writing is copied and pasted verbatim on to multiple sections! Timothy’s brilliant drawing instruction? Draw anything. On anything. But only with a sharpie. He doesn’t give any technical advice. His “secret w HOLY MOTHER OF GOD this book is an embarrassment. Besides being a giant advertisement for sharpie, he lists every color each variety comes in, the writing is atrocious. He references Wikipedia! He defines what a freaking post it note is and lists the colors they come in as well. Some of his writing is copied and pasted verbatim on to multiple sections! Timothy’s brilliant drawing instruction? Draw anything. On anything. But only with a sharpie. He doesn’t give any technical advice. His “secret weapon” is tracing paper. The only good part of this book is a few of the other artists he featured, though their bios are just name dropping of clients they’ve worked with. Please do not buy this swill.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ayesha U

    Apart from certain illustrations that kept me hooked, this book reads like one big Sharpie ad. I gave it 3 stars because this book doesn't have any solid content. Apart from certain illustrations that kept me hooked, this book reads like one big Sharpie ad. I gave it 3 stars because this book doesn't have any solid content.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Troy

    I couldn't tell you what I was expecting, but besides the Sharpie advertising, this is a mildly interesting catalog of styles and what you can do with markers. Excuse me as I go get high off my Sharpie supply now. I couldn't tell you what I was expecting, but besides the Sharpie advertising, this is a mildly interesting catalog of styles and what you can do with markers. Excuse me as I go get high off my Sharpie supply now.

  4. 4 out of 5

    fleegan

    I give this a solid 3 stars. It has nice pictures and good ideas in it, but it really reads like a giant ad for Sharpie markers, so, I mean, meh. Not that I don't love a Sharpie, I'm no hater, but still, not a lot of substance in here. And the advice is really common sense. It's basically, "Need a thin line? Use the fine marker. Need a bold line? Choose a BIGGER marker!" I give this a solid 3 stars. It has nice pictures and good ideas in it, but it really reads like a giant ad for Sharpie markers, so, I mean, meh. Not that I don't love a Sharpie, I'm no hater, but still, not a lot of substance in here. And the advice is really common sense. It's basically, "Need a thin line? Use the fine marker. Need a bold line? Choose a BIGGER marker!"

  5. 5 out of 5

    AJ Hadigan

    This could have been so good. I was hoping for more ideas and exercises to expand my creative drawing. Loved the examples he gave, but he didn't give any real pointers for how to expand your art with creative ideas. He threw in a few. The entire book took me ten minutes to really read. Glad I got it from the library. This could have been so good. I was hoping for more ideas and exercises to expand my creative drawing. Loved the examples he gave, but he didn't give any real pointers for how to expand your art with creative ideas. He threw in a few. The entire book took me ten minutes to really read. Glad I got it from the library.

  6. 4 out of 5

    False

    I have to ask: How did this book make it into print? It's not even a book. Maybe a blog entry. I gained nothing from reading this. I have to ask: How did this book make it into print? It's not even a book. Maybe a blog entry. I gained nothing from reading this.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sherah

    This book was very shallow and did not deliver much in the way of "techniques" or "ideas". It was more like a magazine or blog. Most of the pages contain giant text on a one-color flat background and there isn't a lot of substance. The meat of the book is the author listing out which Sharpie artists he likes, photos from their stuff, and then 2-4 page sections with weak 1-2 sentence attempts at history lessons or background for half-formed (or at least half-articulated) ideas. It even repeated i This book was very shallow and did not deliver much in the way of "techniques" or "ideas". It was more like a magazine or blog. Most of the pages contain giant text on a one-color flat background and there isn't a lot of substance. The meat of the book is the author listing out which Sharpie artists he likes, photos from their stuff, and then 2-4 page sections with weak 1-2 sentence attempts at history lessons or background for half-formed (or at least half-articulated) ideas. It even repeated itself verbatim in one section, and several of the book's pages showed hand drawn designs that were copied or flipped images of themselves, which is like, ok maybe that's a style, but given the subject matter ("I suggest drawing all over everything, just draw tons of stuff!" - good suggestion), I expected more. It just seemed like a rushed and careless project. I expected lots and lots of ideas for a book of this size, and for the art that was being shown to be more carefully chosen.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I was interested in this title because I enjoy using Sharpies to finalize my pencil drawings. This book quickly covers the varieties of Sharpie pens and then introduces a number of Sharpie artists, each with a page or two of bio and examples of their art. They are grouped into similar styles and then there would be a two-page spread of how to create similar art. While I liked a lot of the ideas (making word art, writing on objects, using Post-It Notes to create a grid or comic strip, mini canvas I was interested in this title because I enjoy using Sharpies to finalize my pencil drawings. This book quickly covers the varieties of Sharpie pens and then introduces a number of Sharpie artists, each with a page or two of bio and examples of their art. They are grouped into similar styles and then there would be a two-page spread of how to create similar art. While I liked a lot of the ideas (making word art, writing on objects, using Post-It Notes to create a grid or comic strip, mini canvases, etc.) I felt like this was just a very brief overview and doesn't get into step-by-step technique. I wasn't aware that so many artists used Sharpies as their medium, so that was interesting. This seems to be more to inspire and give ideas rather than teach.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bookish

    Sharpies plus skill development. Win-win.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I bought this expecting to it to explain drawing techniques with sharpies, but it just seems to list the various things you can draw on.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    This is in no way a workshop. No techniques just scribbling and doodling. I already knew how to do that, since kindergarden. Luckily I checked it out at the library first. Don't waste your time. This is in no way a workshop. No techniques just scribbling and doodling. I already knew how to do that, since kindergarden. Luckily I checked it out at the library first. Don't waste your time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    I really wanted to like this book and say nice things about all the contributors who seem like solid, talented people. It’s just that I feel slightly dirty, like I did when I worked in advertising where a bunch of admittedly talented people rip off actual street artists and are well compensated for it while they hang out with their clique sipping artisanal beers in a gentrified east village and the people who provided the original inspiration remain unheralded, unknown and uncompensated. The fac I really wanted to like this book and say nice things about all the contributors who seem like solid, talented people. It’s just that I feel slightly dirty, like I did when I worked in advertising where a bunch of admittedly talented people rip off actual street artists and are well compensated for it while they hang out with their clique sipping artisanal beers in a gentrified east village and the people who provided the original inspiration remain unheralded, unknown and uncompensated. The fact that this is a long form ad for sharpies no doubt contributes to this feeling. It’s nice to have friends in high places. I found a couple new artists to explore though and a few marketing tips, as well as what not to do. I didn’t realize overly arty websites that take forever to load are still a thing. This would definitely have a place on as a coffee table book in the common area of a hipster agency. And I feel like if you actually buy Sharpies after you read this then the joke is on you. Especially since most of the examples aren’t particularly Sharpie specific. If you’re just going to doodle, any old marker will do just fine.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bearbig

    It's generally a not bad book showing the possibilities of Sharpie art. Seems many comments on Goodreads complaint it doesn't provide any techs or tricks for creating Sharpie art, which is true. I guess this book is more like a curation of how other artists do for someone who has no background or experience but interested in the topic (such as myself). It felt like watching a YouTube video on Sharpie art. For me, it is only the beginning of exploration. As a designer, I found that fast sketch wit It's generally a not bad book showing the possibilities of Sharpie art. Seems many comments on Goodreads complaint it doesn't provide any techs or tricks for creating Sharpie art, which is true. I guess this book is more like a curation of how other artists do for someone who has no background or experience but interested in the topic (such as myself). It felt like watching a YouTube video on Sharpie art. For me, it is only the beginning of exploration. As a designer, I found that fast sketch with a sharpie is a powerful way to communicate, and is also the reason for me to read this book. 昨天读完的一本快书:记号笔的艺术(Sharpie Art Workshop),文字水平还不如我这种非母语人士,但我一样读得津津有味:作者是现代派艺术家,擅长用记号笔进行创作。一些作品,比如给餐具、信封和其他旧物进行创作,也打开了我的想象空间。以后可以试试。最有价值的一个思路是用便利贴加记号笔进行创作,特别喜欢。

  14. 4 out of 5

    Djina

    I've really liked this book. An introduction in the beginning on the author, the types of Sharpie pen and what they could be used for as well as the best surface for each one, the quick history of the brand. It contains a lot of visual, some artists portfolio. There are some exercises as well after some showcase for you to take action and they encourage practice. It's a fun and quick read that I would recommend to everyone looking into doodling or just to explore your creativity. I've really liked this book. An introduction in the beginning on the author, the types of Sharpie pen and what they could be used for as well as the best surface for each one, the quick history of the brand. It contains a lot of visual, some artists portfolio. There are some exercises as well after some showcase for you to take action and they encourage practice. It's a fun and quick read that I would recommend to everyone looking into doodling or just to explore your creativity.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Oscar

    I love Sharpie markers and am never without at least one, so I should be more bias to enjoy this. It is well produced and enjoyable, but also very much for beginners to the field of crafting, doodling and generally drawing. The one great takeaway that I hadn't thought of before is to buy blank kraft paper and doodle on it for gifts. Just wonderful! I love Sharpie markers and am never without at least one, so I should be more bias to enjoy this. It is well produced and enjoyable, but also very much for beginners to the field of crafting, doodling and generally drawing. The one great takeaway that I hadn't thought of before is to buy blank kraft paper and doodle on it for gifts. Just wonderful!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    I'm not an artist and I was hoping this book would have more of a tutorial-style workshop, instead of a 'what-to-write-on' workshop. However, I did like the ideas and the featured artists inspired me to start doodling more often. A quick read for some artistic motivation. I'm not an artist and I was hoping this book would have more of a tutorial-style workshop, instead of a 'what-to-write-on' workshop. However, I did like the ideas and the featured artists inspired me to start doodling more often. A quick read for some artistic motivation.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    A cute and fun short book, but it didn't really need to be a book at all. Would have sufficed better as a blog post, as the writing is very sparse and most of the content is just references that you would need to seek online anyway. A cute and fun short book, but it didn't really need to be a book at all. Would have sufficed better as a blog post, as the writing is very sparse and most of the content is just references that you would need to seek online anyway.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mintsocute

    Timothy give some general idea about sharpie. He gave example of different artists' works. The book titled can be somewhat mislead. This book is not a good book for learning, but for some basic idea and basic reference. Though, the layout and color of the pages are appetizing. Timothy give some general idea about sharpie. He gave example of different artists' works. The book titled can be somewhat mislead. This book is not a good book for learning, but for some basic idea and basic reference. Though, the layout and color of the pages are appetizing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    The author writes about bAsic information about the Sharpie and the uses. The book seemed simple in uses of the sharpie but loved the introduction of different artists and they way they use these markers.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Myers

    Didn’t really give good examples of finished products. Kept repeating itself over and over. Was happy when the book was finished!!! Did give me a good idea for a Christmas present. So it gets 2 stars for that.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This did not impress me. It was a nice catalog of some graphic design work, with the requisite "you can do it" and "be creative" encouragement every few pages, but it felt seriously light on content. This did not impress me. It was a nice catalog of some graphic design work, with the requisite "you can do it" and "be creative" encouragement every few pages, but it felt seriously light on content.

  22. 5 out of 5

    sylviaparamitha

    I kind of expecting more from this book. This book mainly talk about sharpie (details on products and history) and some references that has been done by several artist. Wish to have more tips / step by step on this book though.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I gave it two stars based on the quality of some of the artists he references. Otherwise there wasn't any technique. I gave it two stars based on the quality of some of the artists he references. Otherwise there wasn't any technique.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Veranikah

    Quick little book that’s great if you need some inspiration.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Boler

    Sort of a sharpie infomercial with random creative craft ideas tossed in. I didn't dislike it. If you like sharpies and black and white, it's a fun skim. Sort of a sharpie infomercial with random creative craft ideas tossed in. I didn't dislike it. If you like sharpies and black and white, it's a fun skim.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aledra

    As a retired art teacher, I found this book to be good for stimulating imagination. The author profiles artists who use the ideas, and he even gives their websites for more ideas.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Clever design and engaging pages. Content wasn’t that fresh to me, but I think this book is geared for a different audience than a working artist.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Mostly just in it to fan girl over his art. Though I hope I might also try my hand at it someday.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Very cool and very creative! I love that it engaged my creative thinking and has got the wheels turning as to how I can apply some more creativity to my life in small ways.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Fun artbook about how to be brave while sketching and embracing the permanence of Sharpies.

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