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Meet the Sharpie King

Sharpie King, a.k.a. Immy Mellon, hard at work on his next Sharpie creation
Sharpie King, a.k.a. Immy Mellin, hard at work on his next Sharpie creation

His name is Immy Mellin but artists and fans alike know him as the Sharpie King. His Sharpie marker moniker is the result of his passionate use of Sharpie markers in all of his art. We found Immy on Flickr.com and were absolutely amazed at just what can be done with Sharpie markers – his work is nothing short of artistic genius! Read on to learn more about Immy and his work.

How did you get started as an artist and what were some of your early inspirations?

I started as an artist as a little boy. My mother worked at a hotel in Acapulco and she asked her co-workers to babysit for her. Her coworkers took me to the beach each day and while I was there I would draw in the sand and build sand castles. I used whatever materials that I could get my hands on. I just wanted to draw. My inspiration comes from my Imagination. I start with rows and lines and little by little it forms into an expression of what is inside me; and then I also get inspiration when the people come to me for something that they want done. For example, a husband might want a portrait of his wife. After receiving the picture I begin to reproduce it but in my own interpretation and style.

How would you describe the style of your art?

Graphic, geometric, complex, abstract, and surreal. Continue reading