I was surprised how much I enjoyed the effects from this exercise and experimenting with finding this which could make a mark. I didn’t think the marks would be so distinctive. I could really see me using some of these type tools again. The marks were particularly strong with the thicker media. I was able to get less definition with the more watery media, the ink wash.
Pencil – from 9B to 9H.
The 9H was so scratchy it made very few marks apart from scratching the paper.I enjoyed the effect of using a range of pencils together, either on top of each other or fading dark to light. It creates an effect I find hard to achieve with just one grade. Still not happy about the way pencil smudges, which is why I rarely use it when sketching.
Black and White Crayon
The White Crayon was only visible as texture, or when use on top of or under the black, which gives it a much more creamy look.
I can’t help thinking it looks like something a child would have drawn. It’s hard to imagine anything sophisticated or delicate or fine being drawn in crayon.
Markers and Fine Liners
Again, similar to pencil, I enjoyed using multiple thicknesses of Micron and other pens together.
I like the effect which makes the line almost hard to see, really close together.
Most of the sketching I have done to date I’ve used only one thickness, and this shows how using different thickness for different elements of a drawing can make it easier to get the effect you want; I supposed just like using different size paint brushes.
Ink Pen and Brushes
I began using my ‘writing’ fountain pen with non waterproof ink. Then I used my vintage ink pens as dip pens in indian ink; which worked better than I expected. I like fine liners and ink drawings which is probably why I liked using these. I used old brushes with ink and because they were fairly well trashed they created some different marks, especially as they ran out of ink.
I particularly liked the stippling effects, which could be used for drawing where shading might not work.
Messy but fun! I like the softness of the look and the width of the line you can get and the zigzag or curves where the lines move from thick to thin. It feels quite 1970s psychedelic, or like rik-rak. Could be great for creating pattern effects.
My favourite were the fine liners and ink examples but that might be because this is an art media I appreciate more than many others.