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Sharpie Squad Guest Blogger: Derek Benson

You’ve read his interview, you’ve seen his art work and I bet now you’re hungry for more!  What he may lack in words, he more than makes up for it with his incredible Sharpie art.  Transforming lunchtime into a daily art gala, Sharpie Squad member, Derek Benson is inspiring parents everywhere to give their kids something to look forward to when that 12 o’ clock bell rings! 

Meet Derek Benson, the creative genius behind Lunch Bag Art:

I take my Sharpies with me to work. During lunch, I draw on my kids' lunch bags for the next day. My friend Chuck and I were at lunch here, and he wanted to do one for his son.

Batman supervises morning drawing. My daughter loves the Sharpie paint pens; she's working on a unicorn.

This is a water balloon. It was devastating.

Marvin the Martian, in all his power and majesty.

Hi!

I’m Derek Benson, and I have a blog called Lunch Bag Art.  I started it because I draw on my kid’s lunch bags, and felt like it might be a good idea to start taking pictures. 

Let’s talk about the paint pens… they’re perfect in all ways!   If you want to make a striking image,

  •  Make a silhouette in black (like Marvin here) 

  • Then, take the paint markers to it…

  • White works great as an outline. 

  • Then you can smear the color over the black.  Just use a fingertip; the color holds up and the colors are excellently opaque. 

  • Take a smaller pen to add a little detail and you’re good.

 

I can do one of these in under twenty minutes -  

Which is good if you’re on a lunch break!

Brophy

Dolls

Dragon

Faye

Gadget

Narwhal

Robo

Sephiroth

Zorak

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Sharpie with Lunch!

It’s Back To School Season and we know one dad that has kids wanting to go back to school! 
Next time you think you need to add an extra sugary treat to child’s lunch to give them something to look forward to, think again and take a tip from our very own Sharpie Squad members, Derek Benson! 
Benson  designs original art every morning for his kids, right on their lunch bags!  His drawings have created a lot of buzz and even landed him a featured spot in Parents Magazine.  Adding personal touches with a simple brown paper bag and a few Sharpies, Benson gives his kids a new kind of lunchtime surprise to look forward to every day!   Take a minute to see how equipped with Sharpie markers and a creative mind, this dad has “Uncapped What’s Inside.”
 
 

Benson: My day job, I make art for video games.   futurama

Q: How did you come up with the idea?

Benson: I was setting the kids’ lunches up, I wrote their names on the bags…then things just got fancier and weirder.

Q: Which bag has been your kid’s favorite? What’s yours? 

Benson: So far the kids like “Robot Dinosaurs that Shoot Beams When They Roar.”   I like that one okay, too.

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

Benson:  I would love to give you a good reason, but it simply never occurred to me to use anything else.  Sharpie markers have been a basic art supply for me since I was a kid.  “Awesomeness” is the reason.

Q:What specific Sharpie tools do you use?

Benson: Markers, pens, etc.  I use the black markers, and also the oil-based paint pens.

Q: So you make these bags during your lunch break? When do you eat lunch? Multi-tasker eh?   

scooby dooBenson: I make them during my lunch break, I make them at home while helping the kids with homework.  When I make them at home, I tend to get a lot of help.  My kids can’t resist art supplies.

 Q: What do your kids do with the bags once they have eaten lunch? (Save them I hope )

Benson:  Sometimes they bring them back, sometimes they toss them out. Our preschool teacher saves them, too.

Q: What was your reaction after learning that you would be apart of the “Sharpie Squad?”  

Benson:  I wanted a uniform, frankly.  With a cool hat that looks like a giant Sharpie marker.

Q: Is there anything you haven’t drawn on a bag that you are just itching to draw? 

Benson: Ha!  There are things I’d get in trouble for drawing and sending to school.  I try to keep it kid-friendly, unless a grownup relative has a request.  Sometimes people want images of classical art, which usually means naked people.  There are movie monsters I’d like to do, but they’re just too scary.  But other than that I don’t have a lot of filters, and grown-up stuff is never as fun to draw as kid stuff. 

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