Pr1-Ex1: Doodling

This exercise was about freeing the mind and just doodling. I used an A2 cartridge paper sketch pad for the surface.


I really like these large black rectangle marks made by dabbing a fat chiselled permeant marker. I’d be interested in using these marks in a large drawing. Creating shade where the marks are closer together. Makes me think of Chuck Close, how he used squares with crosses in them of different value to build some of his portraits.

With the horizontal lines I dragged a felt tip across the page in one continuos line trying to keep it as straight as possible. I tried always to keep some white between the lines and not to crash them. As the lines increased the tiny wobbles in the first line become enhanced. Plus further wobbles add up to make a really intreating result.

I like the way an image can grow organically. The deliberate decision to draw a straight line was made with the first line. After that I stuck to the formula of leaving a small, evenly spaced white space between lines. So the previous line dictated how the picture will grow, not my decision as to were to move the pen. I kept the movement fast and fluid so natural mistakes were aloud. This could be done on a large scale and produce some thing really interesting. The result looks like a liquid surface to me.


In this doodle I thought of birds in flight, air, clouds, wind, animals, cave paintings, water, meadows, flowers, corn and windmills. I drew quickly so as not to try to represent the things in detail. But just what first came to mind.


These snake or track like marks were made by dragging a broken 6B graphite stick along on its side applying different pressures. Pressure points have caused the edges of the tubes to be darker, and lighter in the centre. With one stroke the tubes look shaded giving them a translucent tubular form.


About Emma Perring

Artist, oil painter

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