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Meet… Jennifer Hawkinberry

This 29-year-old gets creative with her avatar on the Sharpie Uncapped site.

This Knoxville, MD native gets creative with her avatar on the Sharpie Uncapped site.


“I loved the art classes in elementary school, and that’s when I realized with focus and determination I could create beautiful pieces everyone could enjoy.”

This creative 29-year-old draws images that… as she says, “pop.” With a bachleors degree in art history, and a Masters degree in the Humanities from Hood College, this avid reader and movie-watcher makes work that also shows her love for bright colors and animals. Hey, she does have three chihuahuas: Buttercup, Snowy, and Cookie.

Psychedlic Tiger

Psychedlic Tiger

Q: How long have you been drawing? 

 Hawkinberry: I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember.  I loved the art classes in elementary school, and that’s when I realized with focus and  determination I could create beautiful pieces everyone could enjoy.  I took commercial art classes in high school, and in my free time I used to draw huge cartoon characters from coloring books and brightly color them.  I believe my ability to depict objects realistically began with analyzing the lines that made up the characters in my books.

  Q: What inspires you to create the images you draw?    

Hawkinberry: I really want to make pieces that pop.  I love bright colors and patterns, and I love to use them to show movement and perspective.  It’s fun to apply this element to animals, butterflies, flowers, etc, to show realistically depicted subjects in a unique way.  

Q: Why are Sharpie products a good fit for this? 

Hawkinberry: Sharpie markers are great to use if you want vivid colors.  They’re easier to control than paints, and you can put light hues next to darker ones, i.e. yellow next to black, and they don’t bleed into one another.    

Q: What specific Sharpie tools do you use? Markers, pens, etc.Hawkinberry: I use the fine point sharpie pens for details like eyes or thin lines, but I use the regular markers for filling in large background areas.

 Q: How long did it take to create that peacock?

Hhmmm... is it mating Season?

Hhmmm... is it mating Season?

Hawkinberry: The peacock took about a week: a day to draw it, several days of sketches to figure out the right color combination, and several more to very slowly and neatly color the drawing, going back over all the colors twice to make them extra bright.

Q: What’s your favorite drawing you have made? Why?

Hawkinberry: I really love the Psychedelic Tiger drawing.  It completely captures the image I had in my mind of a stalking tiger ready to leap out of the picture. 

Q: If you were a Sharpie product, which would you be and why?

Hawkinberry: Hmmm….I’d be a fine point Sharpie—in yellow.  Yellow is my favorite color, so I could spread brightness everywhere.

Under the sea...

Under the sea...



Q: Anything else you’d like to share that I didn’t ask?

  Hawkinberry: I’m always up for ideas for new images to create, new color combinations.  Feel free to send me suggestions or anything you think would make a nice Sharpie creation.  

 Want to see more?:   http://showcase.sharpieuncapped.com/users/showprofile/253598

Contact Jennifer:  jhawkin301@aol.com


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Meet… Cheeming Boey

Boey talks about his artwork in his Newport Beach apartment. Boey talks about his artwork in his Newport Beach apartment.

” The styrofoam cup itself represents the pop culture we live in, and in some ways, is the epitome of 21st century technology.”

It’s a product we see every day. The styrofoam cup.  Parties, barbecues and picnics are all places we use them and then we just…throw them away. But not 31-year-old artist and animator, Cheeming Boey of Newport Beach, California; he creates art. Armed with a black Sharpie ball-point pen, Boey draws images on cups that include intricate waves, birds and scenes of his life from Malaysia to Orange County.

Q: Tell me a little about your business.
Boey: I draw on styrofoam coffee cups.

 Q: How are Sharpie markers incorporated?

 Boey: They are primarily what I use to draw on my cups now. I only use one fine point sharpie for all my line works. I know there’re several sizes, but part of the challenge I want to tackle is achieving different strokes with one pen.

 Q: What benefit do you think this offers and to who?

 Boey: People tend to think that drawings and paintings are always on canvases or paper. I would like others to see that anything can be used as a canvas. You must have tried drawing with fries using ketchup, right? Why can’t that be serious art? It’s not what you draw on all the time; it’s the idea on it, or behind it. If the KFC recipe was sold on a napkin for a million bucks, I don’t think people are gonna say, “Nah, I don’t want it…it’s on a napkin.”

Equipped with his Sharpie marker.

Equipped with his Sharpie marker.


 The styrofoam cup itself represents the pop culture we live in, and in some ways, is the epitome of 21st century technology. Yet it is often overlooked, and when it ever brings attention, it stands for everything negative.

I believe there’s beauty in everything, including what we consider imperfect. I embrace the fact that it isn’t perfect. Sort of like the Wabi-Sabi movement in Japan.

 The fact that it is “cheap” and “disposable” makes it an unlikely subject for anything “special”. But it is that reason that I decided to draw on them. It also keeps one cup off the streets, if people are worried about Styrofoam waste.

 Q: Why are Sharpie markers a good fit for this? 

 Boey: Like how anything can be a canvas, I believe anything could be a tool as well.People are always surprised when I tell them I drew with a sharpie. A lot of them think it is liquid acrylics, or other fancy pens. “No, it’s with a sharpie.”The sharpie has a nice tip and it has a good consistent ink flow. It is also cheap. And cheap doesn’t mean bad.

 Q:  Tell us about some of your favorite designs.  Why do they resonate with you?

His "mistake" cups are the ones he drinks out of

His "mistake" cups are the ones he drinks out of

 Boey: I like the ones that are more personal, like a dining experience with a friend over sake and stories. I also like waves; hence a lot of my cups have a spaghetti-like, wave motif to it. One of my favorite Japanese artists who has influenced me heavily is Hokusai, and I think a lot about how he draws his waves when I draw mine.

 Q: What is the longest amount of time you have spent on one cup?

Boey: 3 months. I don’t do initial drafts on the cups, so what you see is on the final product is the first pass. It takes forever to work on an elaborate piece because my next line could completely ruin the composition. Or I get nervous about drawing certain shapes. Or poses.

So sometimes I take hours to figure out the composition in my head, sometimes I don’t come back to it for months.

 I have to also make sure the foam cups are absolutely lint/ hair free. They charge up easily and tiny hairs or lint can stick to it. And when the fine point on the sharpie catches one of these hairs, a thin line can suddenly become a broad stroke. Terrible.

His cups sell for hundreds.

His cups sell for hundreds

Q:Do you think you’ll expand the idea to other items?

Boey: Sure. Anything is possible right?

Q: Anything else you’d like to add that I didn’t ask?

 Boey:I could use some free sharpies. I go thru about 1 every 2 days.

Here is a video of how he works…

And the cup…

finished cup 

View more of Cheeming Boey’s art  http://rectangletriangle.googlepages.com/


Contact Boey:rectangletriangle@gmail.com


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Sharpie Pen… We’re More than Markers!

Hey you. Yeah YOU! If you haven’t heard already, SHARPIE MAKES PENS! Where have you been? Just kidding. But seriously, these pens are taking the world by storm. The pens come in colors: black, blue, green and red. They can be used for anything! You can journal, doodle, take notes for class and the ink won’t bleed through paper.

Did you read that?




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color splashYou can see commercials about the pen on TV now. I saw my first commercial about them and felt so proud to be interning at Sharpie. Twitterland is going crazy! People are so excited and have to get one. Some tweets I’ve seen include, “Just saw a sharpie pen commercial, I’m in love!” and “Sharpie makes pens?! I’m getting one now!”

What do I like about the pen? Two things. The smoothness of the writing and it’s cute. When I use the pen, it simply glides across my paper. Not only does it not bleed through, it is simple and the ink does not rub off on my hand. The pen is also cute. It’s sleek and refined. I’ve said goodbye to all those fat, bubbly, unfashionable pens. I know you might be thinking, “It’s just a pen!” But seriously, having a pen that may last as long as my Sharpie marker?! I gotta have it.

Here at Sharpie, new ideas are being “uncapped” everyday, literally. And with all of this excitement, it doesn’t seem like the ink is gonna run out on the Sharpie pen any time soon.

So, grab a pen and Uncap What’s Inside!!


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