Renee’s Sharpie Art All Stars Spend a Week in Paris

I received this great photograph from a friend who had such wonderful ideas for her Sharpie Art Converse All Stars.  It’s been two years since we made them and they still look great.  They even made it to Paris this Fall. I’m so jealous!!

The post of of how they were made is my most popular viewed article.  Check it out here.


Sharpie Illustrated Shoe Bee

Three artists sit down with bright white Converse All Star High Tops, a slug of Sharpie markers and good conversation.  Like women of the past, we sat and conversed, worked on a common project, exchanged ideas, learned from each other and filled an evening with art.  I’ve never participated in a quilting bee, but I think this is what it feels like.

Thank you to our hostess for opening up her home and preparing yummy corn chowder, quesadillas and wine.

This could be habit forming!!

Last Sharpie Art of 2010

According to my WordPress stats, my most popular posts and searches are for Sharpie Art on Converse Allstar shoes.

These William Morris inspired kicks are the last ones for 2010 and I sincerely hope the feet they belong to are walking in color right into 2011!

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,800 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 47 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 76 posts. There were 105 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 33mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 23rd with 130 views. The most popular post that day was Illustration Friday – Expired.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for sharpie art, sharpie converse, sharpie converse designs, converse art, and converse sharpie.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Illustration Friday – Expired March 2010


Sharpie Art on Canvas (Converse Canvas All Stars) October 2009


Sharpie Art on Converse AllStars for Renee January 2010


More Sharpie Art on Converse All Stars December 2009

Silhouettes to Characters

The Nevada Museum of Art offered a class titled “Designing for the Entertainment Industry” which is an eight week course introducing the skills to create concept art.  Todd White, the instructor, is a local artist with experience in car design, product design, theme park design, game design, storyboard, architectural rendering….and has clients such a Disney.  He is a graduate of Art Center College of Design , Pasadena, CA.  This was an opportunity not to be missed.

The first assignment is to create silhouettes with a large black marker as quickly and and many as we can.  Select three of these silhouetttes to expand their character.  I selected these three, a kid, a beast and a woman.  Not sure yet what they will reveal, but I’m sure they will carve themselves out of my imagination.

Illustration Friday-Muddy

Still absorbing all the great illustration podcasts and resources while the world is rotating around me.       

Sharpie (the pen), Staedtler Fineliner, Prismacolor Pencil on Vintage Book Page