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Sharpie Markers: Colouring With Sharpie Markers

Updated on September 15, 2009

The Classic Red Sharpie Marker

Sharpie Marker Red is nice and bright.
Sharpie Marker Red is nice and bright.

Sharpie Black Marker Pens

 The black Sharpie markers are one of the best art markers out there, I use them all of the time to fill in large black areas on drawings and they have a quality to them that make them appear more darker like indian ink, but they have a permanence which looks quality when you apply the Sharpie ink on paper.

The grip on these marker pens are okay, although for the serious artist they may need some form of rubber grip in the future, but if you felt like it, you could thicken the grip with masking tape, but this is only a minor quibble as these are my favourite art markers, in fact, I use these alot for my finished drawings to fill in black areas and for logos and lettering.

You may find if you use these Sharpie black markers that the round packs below from amazon may suit you best, they come in packs of 36, which can last a few weeks at least.

The chisel tip Sharpie markers are also a neat addition to your sharpie pen range as they give a thick calligraphy like quality to your drawing strokes which better suit writing and also filling in large black areas, but with the chisel tip markers you can choose to draw with the thick end or the tip of the chisel like fibre tip, so that adds a little more variety to the weight of your drawings and sketches.

Black aren't the only colours Sharpie does....

Sharpie Marker Colour Range

Black is a top Sharpie Marker colour, but other colours that Sharpie do are some of the brightest colours that you can use to colour in your drawings and are very useful for doing colour profiles of any drawing, I use them for tattoos and characters drawings to test the colours to see if they work on photocopied best drawings that have been inked, this way I can colour the same drawing in varying colours to see what works better.

The colour range

Navy Blue

Light Blue






Note* The Fine Point Markers from Sharpie have more of a color range, if you want to experiment with extra colors and shades of marker ink, then a possible mix of these and the regular markers will be better.

These are all of the basic colours you really need and if you combine them with some coloured pencils, you can add different shades to your thick Sharpie marker pen work, see the new Halloween blog header I created with Sharpie markers and crayola coloured pencils below in the video as an example and you can hear my son shout Daddy Daddy Daddy!! doesn't he realize I was busy...tut tut kids today!!.

Halloween Header Graphic Drawn With Coloured Sharpie Pens Video

Sharpie Art Markers

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      10 years ago

      I really like sharpies to . I really think the cheap price is cool.

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      Wayne Tully 

      12 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah I like Sharpies too because of their colour and cheapness and I can get then even cheaper when I order them online.

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      Mike Lickteig 

      12 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I use markers almost exclusively these days to add color to my artwork, and Sharpies have been very valuable to me. They are consistent in color, have a lot of ink, and fit well in my hand. Their range of colors is sufficient for my current style, and they are cheaper than art markers. Good blog topic.

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      Wayne Tully 

      12 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I know, with my son I get stuff for him to do and then I say I've got a bit to do on my computer so can I get on with it and he says yeah and then the next minute,,,it's Daddy?...oh well.

    • robertsloan2 profile image


      12 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      LOL trying to film something while your son's trying to get your attention. I often wind up drawing or typing over a purring cat back as my Ari does the same thing.


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