Project – Exploring Coloured Media

Exercise – Exploring Coloured Media

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Check and Log
Which of the media you have experimented with did you find most expressive? Make notes in your learning log on the pros and cons of each medium.
Coloured Pencils
Expressive –
•    Yes, react to hard and soft pressure.
Pros. –
•    easy to draw with using the point or side of point.
•    Makes most marks except fine.
Cons. –
•    Difficult to form a fine point.
•    Does not make a solid mark.

Thick and Thin Fibre Tip Pen
Expressive –
•    Yes
Pros. –
•    Solid, dependable line.
Cons. –
•    Not subtle, either on or off.
•    No variation in line width or tone.

Biro
Expressive –
•    No. Sweeping marks can be made but not expressive.
Pros. –
•    Solid, dependable line.
•    Makes fine lines for hatching.
Cons. –
•    Can be blotchy.
•    No variation in tone or line width.

Thin Lead Coloured Pencil
Expressive –
•    Yes for small scale work.
Pros. –
•    Fine detail drawing implement.
Cons. –
•    Limited colour range
•    Only thin lines

Dip Pen
Expressive –
•    Yes.
Pros. –
•    Fine to wide marks can be made
•    Pressure will alter the line breadth as will turning the pen with some nibs.
•    Makes fluid marks
Cons –
•    Only carries limited ink so limited line lengths
•    Some nibs don’t start first time.

Wax Crayon (Round)
Expressive –
•    Yes
Pros. –
•    Responds to pressure.
•    Has tonal variety.
•    2 colours blend well but no more
Cons. –
•    Not a solid line

Oil Pastels (Square section)
Expressive –
•    Yes.
Pros. –
•    Some colours merge well.
•    Side and end can be used
•    Interesting effects using the end lightly and turning the pastel
Cons. –
•    Not particularly responsive to pressure
•    Finished work needs to be sealed

Pastels (Square section)
Expressive –
•    Yes but only on large paper
Pros. –
•    Edges, sides or ends can be used
Cons –
•    Finished work need to be sealed

The most expressive single medium was the wax crayon. Whilst the size of the drawn box limited its use on large paper it would be possible to get good hard gestural marks from the tip. Light use of the tip produced some interesting marks. Furthermore the side of the tip produced some good shading.

The dip pen was a close second but has limited use as the ink keeps running out.

Which medium do you think lends itself to very detailed work.
The fine fibre tip, thin lead coloured pencils and the finer of the dip pen nibs all give good results for detail. If one stands out it is probably the fine fibre tip which also has a good colour range.