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[READ] This is How Artist Tim Goodman Stays Inspired, Approaches Creativity

Many relationships are born out of necessity. Case in point, artist and designer Timothy Goodman’s love affair with the Sharpie Marker. His preferred plus one for all manner of creativity, from drawing on cars to expressing the many, many feels that accompanied 40 Days of Dating, the design-minded  love story that caught everyone’s attention, Tim says it’s really become an extension of his work. Fittingly his latest project, a book created in collaboration with Sharpie and a crop of artists like Shantell Martin and Gemma O’Brien, brings this graphic story to life.  This week Tim join us to celebrate the launch of Sharpie Art Workshop and here shares how he approaches creativity. 


How do you define/approach creativity?
I try to approach it as a practice, not as a profession.
How do the materials you use play a part in your creative process? 
An old friend of mine always says, “If you want to change your tool then change your look.”  Five years ago I made a decision to get my hand in my work more, and it all started when I had the opportunity to do a mural for the Ace Hotel in NYC. I locked myself in this hotel room for three days with a Sharpie Paint Marker and I never looked back. Since then I’ve adopted a whimsical hand-lettering & drawing style that I now do for a variety of clients such as an installation in Airbnb HQ, drawing all over a new Ford car, and art for Starbucks. I also use Sharpie for the personal stuff I do, like my 2Pac mural in Las Vegas and my Instagram writing series, “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew.” It’s really become an extension of me and my work, so this book only made sense for me to author.
When’s the last time you were inspired? By what/who? 
I am inspired by just about everything I experience: music, movies, fine art, traveling, falling in love, getting your heart broken, making mistakes, jazz, biographies, mythology. I’m also inspired by my amazing friends and colleagues, such as my friend and creative partner, Jessica Walsh.
When you hit a wall creatively the best way to get over it is….
When I was at SVA, a teacher of mine would say that there was no such thing as an ‘artist block.’ If you’re hitting a dead end, then just turn around and go a different way.
Where do you get your art fix in NYC – last great show you saw?
I recently bought a membership to the new Whitney Museum in hopes that it would force me to go see more art. I just saw the “America is Hard to See” exhibit, which I enjoyed because it had some of my favorite contemporary artists such as Glenn Ligon.
What did you learn from putting together the book with Sharpie?
What’s so surprising to me, when I really think about it, is how much Sharpie is a part of all our lives. Sharpie is kind of the ‘everyman’ marker: kids use them to draw pictures, athletes use them to sign autographs, artists use them in their work, some people might use them to touch up a scratch on their piano, my mom uses them to write a grocery list, etc. I literally heard Big Sean reference Sharpie in one of his songs recently.