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Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  376 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Bold and sharp, brilliant and vivid, Sharpie markers can be found in art, office, and stationery supply stores, drugstores, mass-market and crafts chains - almost anywhere writing utensils are sold. Sharpies can be used on virtually any surface, from the traditional (paper and canvas) to the unexpected (fabric, plastic, ceramics, glass, wood, stone, metal).

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Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 1st 2015 by Rockport Publishers (first published June 15th 2015)
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Paulina Fricke
Dec 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Ayesha U
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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. ...more
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. ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: art
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!"
AJ Hadigan
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: awful, art, design
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 ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: craft
Sharpies plus skill development. Win-win.
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
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
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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! ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: friends who want to know about art
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. ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Melissa Myers
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
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. ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I gave it two stars based on the quality of some of the artists he references.
Otherwise there wasn't any technique.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Quick little book that’s great if you need some inspiration.
Nathan Boler
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: art-related
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.
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mostly just in it to fan girl over his art. Though I hope I might also try my hand at it someday.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun artbook about how to be brave while sketching and embracing the permanence of Sharpies.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: makerspace
I read this book because it will be added to my makerspace in our school library. Not a huge amount of information provided within the book itself, but beautiful visuals. Who knew sharpies could be used for so much! I hope the pages inspire students to go beyond the basics to create fantastic Sharpie Art using paper, canvas, post-it notes and more!
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Eh. Mildly interesting... but I can find exactly the same inspiration online with more information.
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