Pr1-Ex5: Line and Other Marks


For this exercise exploring different lines and marks I used felt tip biro and dipping ink.

It was nice to explore dash, dots and lines. It felt quite primal. like our ancestors in caves all those thousands of years ago discovering drawing for the first time by making dashed marks on a cave wall with a stone or burnt stick or by smearing mud.

I found some of the results to have a tribal quality. The biro and felt tip marks made here would work well in illustration. They could be utilised well when describing fur, hair or foliage. In fact the repeated marks build up into visual textures that could describe many surfaces we see in life.

I experimented with dipping ink. Using the dipper that comes with the ink. The no brush end of a paint brush and my finger. The finger smudge one is my favourite. Again reminding me of the artist Chuck Close. I’d like to attempt a picture of my own using just my finger and some ink or paint.

The different marks evoke different moods. the scribbly ink has an unhinged look to it. The grey felt tip marks made by holding the pen really loosely and poking it at the page looks like seed, haste moving quickly. Some of the patterns seem to pulsate or move. The dashes dots and lines create an optical illusion.


About Emma Perring

Artist, oil painter

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