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Tools of Doom ep. 1 - Sharpie markers

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 6, 2013, 5:41 AM
Some of you may already know that I'm doing lots of traditional sketches - I'm posting them on my blog (, on my instagram (voyager212) and to my facebook (Maciej Rebisz).

I got some questions about tools I use so I've decided to create short articles explaining techniques and tools I use. Ok, so let's start, here's a quick review of Sharpie markers.

When I was in a high school I was a big fan of pencils. I used all kinds of them - automatic, graphite, solid graphite, charcoal. Then I discovered other media - pens and markers. I fell in love with them almost immediately and I use them all the time since then.

I prefer pens and markers over pencils because somehow they make you think quickly about the design before making a mark on the paper. Once you put a mark on the paper, it stays there, forever. Each line has a meaning. Yes, it is more difficult to get what you want and it's easier to ruin the drawing with even one bad line. But if so, you have to start a new sketch, which results in lots of design variations and there is always chance of "happy accidents". With pencils, you would just erase bad line and refine the drawing until it's done, but you end up with one design. By keeping all steps and evolution of a design, permanent media help my design process a lot.

In this first episode of Tools of Doom, I'll talk a bit about Sharpie Markers, the basic tool I use for sketching.

Sharpie Permanent Markers

000 Sharpie by MacRebisz

Sharpie's are quick drying permanent (on most surfaces) markers with awesome ink, that doesn't have that metallic gloss which other black permanent markers have. They're produced by Sanford and have Art & Creative Materials Institute certificate.

000 Sharpie Lines by MacRebisz

There are 3 sizes that I use - Ultra Fine Point, Extra Fine Point and Fine Point. Each one gives you a different line weight, so usually I combine them all while sketching. But actually you can use Ultra Fine Point for all sketch work. Extra Fine and Fine Point are good for filling larger areas with black. Sometimes I use Extra Fine Point for drawing quick thumbnail sketches like in the next photo.

003 Thumbnails by MacRebisz

Here's a sketch using Ultra fine and Fine for heavier lines that help to indicate the form.

004 Thumbnails2 by MacRebisz

I use black Sharpies for sketching, but there are other colors available. Sometimes i use green, red or yellow for some notes and indications.

Here are a couple of more examples of Sharpie sketches.

009 Sketch by MacRebisz008 Thumbs by MacRebisz007 Lefties by MacRebisz

005 Sketch by MacRebisz 006 Sketch by MacRebisz

Since usually you can't get Sharpies in any kind of store in Poland, I have to order them from online distributor in 12 pieces packs. I use them a lot anyway and that way I always have a fresh ones on my desk.

Coming next - Copic Markers.

010 Copic Teaser by MacRebisz

And don't forget to check out my CoffeePainting youtube channel with painting and drawing process videos.

voyager212 on instagram
Maciej Rebisz on facebook
MacRebisz on twitter
CoffeePainting on youtube

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MacRebisz Jan 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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Happy New Year :)
MacRebisz Jan 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot mate :) Happy new year!
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