Back in 2011, we posted about artist Allister Lee, who was on a journey to collect and document all the black markers in the world. Being slightly obsessed with drawing myself, I’m also a little obsessed with markers and pens so I can relate to Allister’s desire to get a chance to use all of these markers. I’m sure many of you out there who love to draw or paint can also relate to the joy that new pens and art supplies can bring.
He has just launched BlackIsBeautiful.ca, a weekly-updated online resource that documents a growing collection of over 750 black markers and black marking devices. At the moment, the count is at 105. Featuring a searchable database by brand, a visual database of the markers, and even a section that “connects the dots between people and their interaction with black markers.”
From vintage glass-barrel Magic Markers, Wescosa Mini-Wides, metal-jacket Sakuras, to the contemporary Super Sharpie, this online resource shows a historical and international spectrum of black marker design appealing to black marker users worldwide.
Allister Lee’s drawing of black markers
The “Black is Beautiful 500 Marker Poster” (above) is an illustrated compilation of 500 unique black markers produced in an unlimited edition available direct via BlackIsBeautiful.ca.
Read our interview with Allister here.