Key words from the brief:
- Gather alternative drawing materials and conduct some simple studies in order to test how these materials can be used and determine what types of marks they are capable of producing
- Using a single page or double page spread in your sketchbook, produce some test marks for each material
- Once you have made your test marks, and have identified a particular material that you feel has potential, choose a relatively simple object or scene and use your material to draw it
- Reflect in your learning log about the results of these experiments
I selected six drawing tools in total.
Three of these I’d experimented with during 1.2 Making mistakes – working fast and cutting up work:
- A small printmaking roller
- A sponge
- My fingers
And three were new:
- A spikey pulasan fruit from Malaysia
- A fork
- A chopstick
I divided two A2 pages of my sketchbook into a grid of 18 rectangles and then used each of the six drawing objects to make test marks in three rectangles using black Indian ink.
I drew the child’s doll that I’d used as a subject in my final Printmaking 1 Assignment. The advantage was that I knew the subject through drawing it several times in the past and I thought the different drawing tools would make the kinds of marks that describe the doll; fork scratches for the hair, chopstick lines for the baby-grow top, printmaking roller for the background and sponge to add tone.
Questions from the brief
|Drawing tool||What quality of mark did the materials produce?||What other materials could they be combined with and how would this affect their aesthetic qualities?||What type of objects would they suit- natural or manmade forms?
|Small printmaking roller||Flat strips of colour that quickly taper from black to grey as the roller loses ink||Can be painted over with watercolour (see 2.2 Investigating a process). The addition of colour could enhance/emphasise the quality of the line||Metal flat surfaces (see 1.2 Making mistakes – working fast and cutting up work). Also good for giving the effect of movement when combined with other materials (see the image development in Assignment 1 – Recording and sharing your work)|
|Sponge||Deep black swathes with a loaded sponge or scratch-like swishes when there is less paint. Chinese characters effect when used in a writing motion||Can be over painted using Posca acrylic pens (see 1.2 Making mistakes – working fast and cutting up work). The acrylic pens provide form and/or highlight to the sponged shapes||Organic shapes where there needs to be heavy contrast and/or bold marks|
|Finger painting||Stubby texture||This technique could be combined with more three-dimensional materials such as Liquitex Texture Gel. It’s a very tactile way of applying paint and this combination could add depth and texture to an image||Organic shapes, flowers, leaves, plants (see 1.2 Making mistakes – working fast and cutting up work)|
|Pulasan fruit||Scratchy speckled texture when rolled Multiple uneven lines when dragged||This technique would combine well with splattering liquid watercolour. It would add to the splattering effect and give a more controlled /even finish||Add texture to man-made objects such as concrete or to natural surfaces such as stone|
|Chopstick||Behaved very much like a pen nib when loaded with ink (both ends of the chopstick used to give different width lines), but produces textured line as ink is used up||This technique could be combined with gouache or acrylic paint. Unlike a dip pen that would clog up when combined with other wet paint, working with a chopstick is much more robust.||Very flexible tool – worked well for man-made textiles where there is a consistent pattern (see Child’s doll drawing above)|
|Fork||Scratchy evenly spaced lines, much like have four pen nibs side-by-side.||Could be combined with watercolour to provide tone and shape to the tight lines and textures created by the fork||Man-made surfaces with even flat repeat patterns or organic textures where there is a degree of mess and randomness such as hair (see Child’s doll drawing above)|
What went well
- The choice of objects gave a good range of effects (and surprises) that I will use in future drawings.
- I was amazed at how easy it was to use chopsticks to draw with a consistent/controlled/expressive line. This is a good addition to working with a dip pen.
What would I do differently/better
- I was aiming to draw a dark menacing image of the doll but it turned out to be too cute and engaging; not plastic enough or mannequin-like.