Thursday, December 30, 2010
More Expressive Drawing play today. This time I used a variety of drawing materials and created two samplers. The one on the left is done on Rives BFK, a smooth surface, and the one on the right is done on Arches Cold Press paper, a textured surface.
As I made marks, I also made notes about what I felt or observed about each line, each mark, and how the different drawing tools felt and looked on the different surfaces.
I used a 9B graphite pencil, charcoal pencil, Conte crayon, Prismacolor marker, and vine charcoal. It was really interesting to use them, one after the next, and to keenly observe how they were different from one another. The graphite felt oily. The marker felt fast. Vine charcoal subtle. Charcoal pencil resistant. Conte descriptive of texture.
These samplers reminded me of the old needlework samplers that my grandmother and her mother made a long time ago. A sampler is a way of trying out something. No big commitment. The sampler of chocolates only has one of each kind. Too bad, that.