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    drawing on cups is a challenge. unlike a flat canvas, u have to consider compositions from all around. which is what i spend most of my time doing off the top of my head.

    i dont do initial drafts on the cup. i do that on paper, but even that is rare, most of the time its a straight shot. part of the fun is not messing up..and that can happen anytime. sometimes, 95% into the work.

    how do i mess up? its styrofoam, it charges up easy. lint can stick to it, so can tiny hairs. when it gets caught on my sharpie, and i am not aware of it, a fine point can suddenly become a broad stroke.

    if i mess up, i drink out of it.

    some cups take a few hours, including what feels like a relatively simple one. some takes months, because i draw something great, and i am afraid of messing it up with the next stroke. so i tend to wait and think for days, or weeks.

    i am still constantly refining my strokes. its hard when u get one shot, and u cant undo an error.
    but thats also part of why i enjoy it.
    i must be some sort of a masochist.

    i hope my works can inspire others to think outside the canvas.
    its not always what you draw on, its what you draw.

    if you look closely, you'll see rom, the cat.

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    1. JoeyfromSC 58 months ago | reply

      you are SO talented!! I saw you got answered on askro on

      I don't see/or remember seeing the pic of your art on her flickr/website...Do you have the link where she put it?

      Glad you got the mention though:) I had to hunt you down haha

    2. hswenz20 57 months ago | reply

      dude these are amazing! awesome idea!

    3. guywpencils 57 months ago | reply

      Your cups are great design and I guess you've addressed the challenge of taking sharpie to styrofoam. But I wonder what you'd accomplish if you tackle a big old foam ice chest.

    4. Paingel1 53 months ago | reply

      Hi Boey.
      Love the originality, but I hope you are not buying these cups new.

      Styrofoam pumps massive amounts of tocix pollutents into the air while being made, it doesn't degrade and can't be recycled. Buying crates of these things is keeping the styrofoam people in business...ever thought of changing to recycled paper cups?...

    5. ChefRonin 39 months ago | reply

      Paingel... Arguably all art is just the creation of more garbage... There's really no practical need for art at all. it you do work on panel then you are killing trees. If you do work on canvas you are plowing over cotton fields. Not to mention all of the resources that go in to galleries and museums to house these items that really have no practical purpose. One artist will not keep the entire styrofoam industry in business.

      Lighten up and enjoy the work.

    6. nitpickr 33 months ago | reply

      Wonderful work Mr. Obey
      Don't worry about enviro-nuts who diss you for using styrofoam cups. The are joyless wonders who think they are appointed to keep tabs on other people's decisions. Too bad for them, glad we all roll our eyes and ignore them.
      Your work is beautiful, wonderful and creative! Keep it up!

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