demetri martin, drawing with markers, faces, grandma, grandma florence, lynda barry picture this, mary warner, permanent markers, rose art color sharp metallic markers, sharpie markers, sharpies, spirals, wax paper sewing patterns
I’ve returned to drawing lately. It was something I did aplenty while I was in high school and college, but I’ve since “discovered” Sharpie markers for drawing and wanted to see what I could do with permanent marker instead of a pencil. (I’ve always liked Sharpies and have used them in the past for drawing sewing patterns onto wax paper. For this, they are the bomb.)
It takes commitment, a steady hand, and a willingness to live with or adjust for mistakes when you use Sharpies. I tried the fine line Sharpies and the fat wedge-y line Sharpies, but my favorites are the regular Sharpies. They actually call them “fine point” so the ones I’ve called “fine” are probably super fine or ultra fine or extra fine or what have you. The line the regular ones make is just right, like Baby Bear’s porridge.
I’ve approached my latest drawings with an attitude of play. I want to see what kinds of faces I can draw with a minimal amount of lines. Each part of the face is an exercise in expression. If I get the eyes the way I want them, there’s no guarantee that the mouth will be a success.
Here are some of my experimental pages:
If you like to draw, what is your favorite subject matter?