Part 2: Project 4: Exercise 3 – Experiment with mixed media

Brief

This time, experiment with using both traditional art tools and ‘non-art’ media. Use wax crayons, ballpoints, highlighters and fat marker pens together with pencils, dipping pens and oriental brush pens (and so on). Think again about your support; perhaps use a coloured wash and/or collaged, textured surface. Whichever media you choose, make notes on how the drawing style, visual effect and conceptual possibilities change or emerge with your use of the different media.

Part 2 Project 4 Exercise 3 - course notes image
OCA student, Stephen Powell, Pineapple (mixed media)

Process

I had previously prepared some grounds using a technique from an earlier exercise – dropping ink at random onto a small sand pit and laying/pressing an A4 sheet of sketch book paper onto the surface. This resulted in some fairly interesting/erratic surfaces of which this is one example – green ink drops and drops with a sandy texture.

On this surface I sketched my chosen still life of an apple, lemon and orange:

Part 2 Project 4 Exercise 3 - Experiment with mixed media 1
Part 2 Project 4 Exercise 3 – Experiment with mixed media 1

My mixed-media tools were:
• Highlighter pens for first application
• Djeco pastel gel pens for more body and shadows
• Lumocolour pens for definition and highlights.

The highlighter pens colour was basically lost against the ground but was enough to pick out the outline of the objects enough to then add body using the gel pens which laid down a nice creamy application of colour. Picking out the highlights gave just enough added definition to keep the objects recognisable in such as strange background.

There is a kind of alien feel to this study, suggested I think by the buggy eyes and creepy exploring tentacles of the ‘green monster’.

Part 2 Project 4 Exercise 3 - Experiment with mixed media 2
Part 2 Project 4 Exercise 3 – Experiment with mixed media 2

Another of the previously prepared grounds. Same objects, different composition and this time initially sketched using crayon, which was pretty hard to make an impression on the surface and looks scratchy, understated and insipid.

Same sketch redone with added Spectrum Noir alcohol makers, ballpoint pen and finally UniPOSCA marker pens. Brighter and bolder – jumping and buzzing;

Part 2 Project 4 Exercise 3 - Experiment with mixed media 3
Part 2 Project 4 Exercise 3 – Experiment with mixed media 3

Stuart Brownlee – 512319
23 July 2015