Making Marks In An Expressive Way
Using a variety of pencils, from 2H to 8B, I made marks to represent various words.
I really enjoyed this exercise. Although a lot of the marks are very similar there is a wide variety of tones and shapes. I found that the word I was trying to interpret made me hold my pencil in a particular way, and the amount of pressure I used to produce the marks was different for each word. Drawing is not my strong point but I found the mark making much easier, no pressure to produce something recognisable! My friend pointed out that as I could make the marks I should then be able to apply them to a drawing.
Having worked in the cut out shape, I felt that everything was getting a bit too neat and tidy, so just did a page of scribbles and doodles.
These marks are all made with a graphite stick. I haven't used a graphite stick before but I enjoyed using it, I found it very smooth and free flowing on the cartridge paper.