this is another exercise I enjoyed filling in many boxes with different drawing implements. The ink gives a brilliant bright solid effect, but its time consuming as you have to keep dipping the pen in ink. I tried using ink with a brush and liked the intensity. stippled ink over oil crayon – the ink settled and dried on the crayon marks. The crayon did not block it. I made marks with charcoal, then covered with oil crayons. The effect was lovely with dark tones. The pastel covered the charcoal completely, sealing it so it did not need fixing.
I made marks with white oil crayon, then applied different shades of water colour over it. The water colour
was blocked by the crayon. I love the image.
I applied three shades of pastels, light green, pink and dark green, with a wet brush I could lift a colour and apply it to another. The pink come out distinctly on the light green. The dark green on the pink.
I could blend the oil crayons with a lighter colour, for example yellow on red or a peach on dark blue. But I could not blend two dark colours. I could superimpose a dark colour on light ones. Black lines showed up clearly on a background of yellow crayon and yellow ink.
I covered blue ink marks with a yellow crayon. The ink marks showed through as blue but a little hazier. I need a lot more experience with ink marks. Plan to get more implements for ink as soon as the shops open.
CHECK AND LOG
How did holding your pen or pencil in a different way affect your drawing?
Holding the pen at an angle and with lighter pressure, the marks did not come out bold and solid. I could use these lighter lines to fill in spaces to indicate a different texture or the sea for example.
Holding the pencil half way and at an angle, i was able to draw or shade faster. When holding the pencil nearer to the point and putting pressure with the forefinger, I could get darker markings. For accurate, tiny marks, it was best to hold the pencil nearer to the point and use the sharp point. I found I preferred to use the softer pencils and avoided using the H. When I read in "The Artist's Handbook' by Ralph Mayer, there is clay mixed in the graphite, i was amazed. There is more clay in the H and the graphite gets purer as the grade increases from 2 to 9 B. This makes sense now and I can understand why the H to B pencils are harder to use and the effect is pale.
Which drawing tools suited the different mark making techniques you used?
Charcoal was very good for quick mark making and filling up large spaces quickly, indicating tone and form. It was difficult to stipple with charcoal for for very fine hatching. The pen and pencil were both good for drawing, hatching and stippling.
The oil crayons are good for bright coloured drawings. The black wash water soluble pencil would be good for quick sketches and indicating tone. The coloured intense water soluble pencils are good at indicating colour and for details coloured drawings.
The soft pastels are good for quick coloured drawings, you can fill up spaces very quickly.
The ink marks are good for drawing and hatching. The felt pens were good for drawing, hatching and stippling in colour.
The biro pen is good for drawing and hatching.
Did you find that any marks or tools you used matched particular emotions or feelings? Did one convey calm and another frenzy for example?
Shading in with pencils, or charcoal dust seems calming, compared to hatching – which can feel a bit of a frenzy. Dipping the nib in ink and making marks can be scratchy, so sometimes it felt a bit irritating. Drawing with charcoal or soft pastels felt soothing and made me want to go on drawing. I did several pages of trees in soft pastel after the doodling exercise and I felt excited and got a buzz going through my body. I had done the trees is different mediums, but the one in soft pastels really stood out I had used two contrast colours together- that prompted me to just carry on and do more. The photos of the trees are at the bottom.
How did the introduction of colour (soft pastels, conte crayons) affect your mark making?
The colours made the mark making more exciting, adding variety and interest. I found it was hard to show tonal values in colour.
Which of these experiments have you found most interesting and rewarding?
I enjoyed all of them. The doodling exercise got me relaxed and now I can face a blank sheet of paper without any fear. The mark making technique was a good introduction to various materials. As I was not drawing anything specific, it was a relaxing way to get to know the materials.
The line and other marks helped to get to know the materials further. I feel more confident which one to use for stippling, hatching, etc. I found this exercise very rewarding as I have lost the fear of drawing lines on paper and actually enjoy sketching rather than worry about getting it right.