Monthly Archives: August 2010

Drawing in class…gone wrong

You can never do too much drawing. (Tintoretto)

 That quote proves true.  Ever remember sitting in class and drawing a stupid picture of your teacher in a tutu or some embarrassing, ridiculous fashion?  I moved on from being the one drawing the picture because I had a terrible moment happen in my life. 

 I used to be the “artist” of the embarrassing drawing of the teacher.  I used to be cool and then pass it around such as you would in a movie.  Sometimes it was caught with someone else and sometimes it lasted the whole class and nothing happened.  Obviously, my class was enjoying making fun of the teacher while he thought we were smiling because we enjoyed learning cursive (which is ridiculous that we had to learn that dying form of writing).  I took out my Sharpie markers and started drawing.  My teacher was an old man, sort of “Mark Twainesque.”  He had the long, flowing, dirty white hair and mustache that looked like he should be teaching college rather than grade school. 

 I drew him with an enormous head, teeth that looked like they should be on a beaver, a typical humiliating picture of the teacher.  Well, while I was finishing my masterpiece, my attention was lost in the class and that was noticed by Mr. Harrison.  Now, when I say I was finishing my drawing, I mean I was using about six different colors of Sharpie markers; this was going to be a work of art.  Mr. Harrison slowly makes his way towards my desk and my newly created Michelangelo piece of work.  I feel like I was in a movie because he was standing immediately over me while I was drawing, clearly not paying attention to anything. 

 Mr. Harrison grabs my creation out from my desk and takes a look; my face is beat red.  He starts to laugh, which I take as a good thing…wrong.  It wasn’t that he was angry at me; he just started making fun of my drawing.  He said it was the worst drawing he had ever seen; keep in mind I am only in 4th grade.  Then he gets a little angry.  He starts swearing as though he was 6 deep at a dive bar rather than a 4th grade classroom.  Meanwhile, I am sitting there, my bladder is becoming weak and my eyes are slowing becoming Niagara Falls. 

 On her morning stroll, the principle, Ms. Heedy, overhears Mr. Harrison ripping me apart and enters the classroom.  She takes him into the hall and I have no idea the conversation that went on, but I could not fix what just happened to me.  I could not bring myself to create another work of genius for years.  I could have been the next Van Gogh, without the whole ear thing.

 I guess what I am trying to say is… don’t be afraid to draw, don’t worry what other people think because art is how you see the world.  Maybe don’t draw in a classroom while the teacher is standing over you, watching you…or don’t get caught.

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Back to School Already?

Well, it seems as though that time of the year has come again.  Students all over the country are dreading the road back to school.  From listening to teachers lecture, those cheesy school videos, and who can forget the cheerful teachers that make you want to puke on Monday mornings.  Who gets excited that it’s Monday at 7 am…not too many people.

But thankfully Sharpie has some products to help get you through the school year.  Now, one might think that by purchasing a Sharpie product, one is just succumbing to the fact that school is starting.  But in reality, school is starting whether you like it or not.  It’s a fact.

Fortunately, Sharpie has come to the rescue.  With over forty different colors of markers, their highlighter, and the Sharpie Pen, there are plenty of things that you can draw while you are in class.  First off, everyone doodles.  I even doodle at times (my drawings look like that of a three year old girl) and believe it or not, I color inside the lines.  I know; you’re impressed.  With a Sharpie Pen, my doodles come to fruition.  The execution is flawless and my “toddleresque” drawings go right on my refrigerator when I get home.

School is starting, but there is no need to panic.  Everyone gets through the year and weekends come before you know it.  Enjoy the school year: doodle something or create a poster for a football game with Sharpie Markers.  You never know what you will discover about yourself this year.

Better than the Average Tat

     We all have idols in which we think we would do anything for, right? How about having their name permanently signed on your skin? Well Rose Ann Belluso did just that. Belluso is a huge Sir Paul McCartney fan, and was in attendance at his Philadelphia concert. Sitting just a few rows back from the stage, Belluso made her mark on McCartney, and then he made his on her. She noted on a sign that she was armed with a Sharpie and a tattoo artist and wanted the Beatle’s autograph on her back. Belluso’s sign was noticed by McCartney, she was brought on stage, and he made her dream come true. I wonder if her husband is upset that his wife has another man’s name tattooed on her. I’m sure he would understand this one.

     Now I’m a fan of Sir Paul McCartney and I am also a fan of tattoos, but I cannot say that I would go as far as to mix the two together on myself. I am far from calling this woman crazy though. Why do most people get autographs? To show off to their friends about how they got the opportunity to meet a person they admire. People get baseballs and shirts signed then keep them on display for the rest of their lives, so how is this any different. After reading this article, I scrolled down to read the comments. People gave their two cents about how she will regret it. I say more power to Belluso. I wonder if the autograph were to give her body more value as it would a baseball (That was obviously a joke. I do not condone the selling of one’s body).  Any who, I would like to point out how a life was enhanced with the help of a Sharpie permanent marker. Just making lives better one legend at a time:).

Fight for your right…to Highlight

Football season is soon to begin, the Sunday papers are over flowing with office supplies deals, and the kids are yanking their parents’ arm to get to the store and get the coolest accessories before someone can say they had it first. Ah, back-to-school season is here. This means See-yah-later-money-I-worked-all-summer-for season is also here.

Being a college student myself I understand full and well the nauseating feeling experienced as you’re standing in line at the school bookstore and the grand total of your text books is lit up on the screen. You wonder to yourself why you spend $200 on a book that you will later sell back (because you will have no future use for it) for $20. As you slump your shoulders and fork over the $700, you envision all the fun nights on the town also being passed to the other side of the counter.

Paying for books is indeed an experience that every college student dreads. When I heard about Sharpie Highlighter’s Right to Highlight Sweepstakes, my first thought was sign me up. All you have to do is “Like” Sharpie Permanent Markers on Facebook.com, submit an entry form, and you and two friends have a chance to win free text books or a Sharpie Back to School Prize Pack. I would love to have a year off from sitting in my room and sulking about how much money I was just set back, so I am heading over and entering myself in the sweepstakes now. I bid you farewell and good luck my friends.

In the similar words of Ryan Seacrest, “Intern- Out!”

That Sappy Blog Post

 

It seems to me that once the calendar says July, the time flies by more quickly than ever. I have now been doing this internship for a little over two weeks and it feels as though it has only been a couple days. When I started, I figured it would be a great way to jazz up my resume and help me in my future career search. Well it is that and so much more. The opportunities I have gotten in just these couple weeks are so much more than I could have ever hoped for. I have had the chance to work with great people who are awesome at what they do. My area of study is currently communications and social media, so to be able to work with people who do what I hope to do one day is amazing. I have gotten the experience working in the corporate world-answering phone calls, attending and leading meetings, going on conference calls building reports. I am learning from mistakes I make now, so I will not have to make them in my career. The knowledge that I have received and will continue receiving will make me great in the future. I have gotten an opportunity that many college students would die for. With that being said, I wanted this post to be my thank you to the people I have gotten a chance to work for or with, for all the help you have offered thus far, and the faith you have had in me to excel. I have just over a week left and I’m going to make it count!

Unique Showing of Art

There are a lot of things that can be drawn on today, from floors to art easels to rocks.  The possibilities are endless for the use of Sharpie Markers.  People look to express themselves everyday in their own ways; ways that show off their individuality.

Artwork on shoes has become increasingly popular.  Everyone wants to feel as though they are the original of a certain fashion style (or at least women do) and the artwork created on shoes is a method that will prove to be original.  Creating this kind of art establishes to be unique and allows the artist to put his/her personality onto their shoes. 

Maybe it’s just me, but I think that art today is not like the classic art that people think about such as Da Vinci or Picasso or Renoir.  It is something more; people are able to express themselves on many different platforms and their art is not necessarily for others to ohh and ahh about, but for the artist to express themselves in a way that feels comfortable to them.  The ability to create a piece of art on something that it worn almost everyday allows the individual to show off what they have created.

The word artist can be defined as “a person who expresses themselves through a medium.”  Sharpie Markers provide artists with the capability to create art on many different mediums.  Shoes are one way that people can become artists and show their individuality.  Overall, through Sharpie, artists are able to express themselves and Uncap What’s Inside.

Do the Doodle

Submit your doodle!

We’ve all been there, the class that goes on for days, the four hour meeting that seems to be about nothing or the telephone call with your great aunt talking about her issues.  How do we cope with the daily “Who cares”? We DOODLE!! Whether it is a circle that turned into an extravagant art piece or just rewriting your name over and over, it seems to make the time go faster. Who would have thought there was a science behind the careless scribbles? Sharpie Uncapped teamed up with the Doodle Expert, Sunni Brown to give Sharpie fans the opportunity to submit their best doodles and possibly have them analyzed by Sunni herself.  I always was told that doodles are subconscious thoughts sneaking out, but I never believed that my terrible representation of a flower really meant more than that I was bored. Well no I have the chance to find out what it really means. Doodles unlock creativity and allow the mind to relax. So just stop thinking, put the pen to the paper, and see what comes out. Then submit your drawing on Sharpieuncapped.com and see what your doodles say about you!

New Sharpie Liquid Pencil is HERE!!

Combining a pen and a pencil…  Who believed that this was possible before today?  I sure didn’t.  Even the concept is hard to wrap your head around.  Well, look no further, think no more because Sharpie has successfully paired these two writing utensils into a one terrific product.  There have been things that I have written with pen that I really wanted to erase immediately, but, obviously, I had to cross it out or start all over.  With this innovation from Sharpie, that is one problem I will not have to deal with anymore.

Sharpie's Liquid Pencil!!!

The back-to-school period is beginning and what better way to ease some of that pain with purchasing this new product.  The best part of Sharpie’s new Liquid Pencil is the fact that after three days, the writing becomes permanent.  You can think about your thoughts and your words for three days before they are permanent. 

You can buy this product wherever office products are sold in September!  As always, post your drawings on SharpieUncapped.com.

Art From Heike Weber

Well, even though I cannot say that I have my own house to decorate, the art of Heike Weber does make me think about what I want to do when I gain a lot of money in my life.  Using Sharpies, Heike creates an artwork unlike any other I have seen, at least in a home. 

Artwork from Heike Weber

She uses Sharpies to decorate the floor of a room in a design that is unique to the eye.  It creates an allusion ofa connection between the floor and the wall.  The viewer does not know where the floor ends and the wall begins. 

The dedication and time that Heike Weber needs in order to create her masterpiece shows her talent and patience.

Artwork from Heike Weber

In this design, she uses a different color, red, to generate her art.  Once again her design seems to play games with the eyes, which shows her talent with a Sharpie marker.  This is an exceptional idea, one with which I will think about when I decorate my house. 

Overall, this is a brilliant idea by the artist.  Just by taking a simple, cheap Sharpie, Weber was able to produce a work of art.  This goes to show you that almost anything can be created with a Sharpie!

A Day in the Life

     So as I was hard at work (or was it hardly working?) roaming around the World Wide Web, I found myself on SharpieUncapped.com far longer than I had originally intended.  I knew before that this website was neat, but I guess I never realized how neat it is. Even when you first open the website up it looks pretty rad. The background makes you feel like you’re in grade school again scribbling all over the paper. It automatically made me get out my Sharpie markers and draw on a post it note. Along with the cool colors, I’m sure my short attention span also played a part in me coloring, but that’s beside the point.

Sharpie Uncapped

     So, the site has a cool background but that doesn’t usually make people hang out at a website all day. Well, it didn’t. It was the other awesome things on the website that caught my attention. I click on the “uncapped gallery”, which conveniently connects you with other Sharpie sites. I spent a while looking through all the pictures and telling myself I am just as good a drawer as my fellow Sharpie fanatics. If I tell myself how great I am long enough it becomes true, right?

Bright Colors- Amarog38

     Then there’s the trusty Sharpie Blog. I tell myself I will just take a second and see if anything catches my eye. Well that was everything. Who would have thought there were so many cool things going on with Sharpie products and so many ordinary people doing extraordinary things with them? Well now I know. After reading the words of my fellow Sharpieans, I head over to the “How-to” section of Uncapped, and decide I am going to replicate everyone of these ideas (not at work of course, that would be poor time management). Not only are the how-to’s fun to do, but they are also cool to look at and can act as cool gifts when they’re done. As far as presents for the next several years, I’m sure the receivers can guess what they are getting.

     Aside from my mentions, there is other cool stuff to do and see at SharpieUncapped.com, but it would take far too long for me to go into detail about them all. I know my job here isn’t easy, but someone has to do it and I’m glad I took one for the team and stepped up to the plate. This was just my journey on the website. I leave you to go on a quest of your own and see what you can “Uncap”.