One of the funnest things about art is trying out different media. Taking a good drawing class is a great start—and the best drawing classes not only teach you to draw but encourage trying out different things to draw with.
Some examples follow from a couple of great art classes that really inspired us students to experiment and find media that worked for each individual artist.
Graphite Drawing from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
This piece was a final project for a first-semester drawing class. We had to choose a hard subject to draw—something complex—and this scene from the movie fit the bill nicely. It took some time, of course, but the end result worked out well.
Interestingly, the night of final presentations, the teacher asked how I felt about the final. Hearing an answer of “okay,” the instructor then said that it must have turned out really well—that usually, the artist says, “I wanted to do this with it and that with it.” She was right, actually; for once, the final drawing was not cringe-worthy. 🙂 (It does, however, look a bit warped in the photo, because of the angle at which it was photographed.)
Chalk Pastel Piece: Model in Ad
This is a piece done in chalk pastel, which is unfortunately not quite as blendable as some might hope; then again, some people swear by it, so there’s living proof that what works best all depends on the person.
The image was taken from a magazine ad showing a model sitting on a couch with some sort of fashionable purse.
Charcoal and Conte Crayon Drawing: Sheltie
My first sheltie was the subject of this drawing, and unfortunately she didn’t receive any justice at the hands of my lack of charcoal skills at the time. Still, charcoal is a beautiful medium. It has been used for ages and has the most amazing look that just draws the eye in.
The only bummer about charcoal is that it smudges so easily that it must be set with an art fixative. If there is plenty of ventilation, that’s fine; but it’s something to be aware of.
Chalk pastel also requires fixative for the long term.
Chalk Pastel Piece: Violin on Top of “Memory” Sheet Music
This was another final piece for a drawing class, this time the more intermediate level.
This piece was done from a photo I took of a miniature violin and lute sitting on top of sheet music (though the lute does not show too much in the final).
At least as of this writing, this piece is shown in the main header.
Ink Drawing: Seashells
Seashells are popular ink drawings, and it’s easy to see why. Their shape and the patterns on them can really be brought out by ink.
If you are using an ink pot and nib, it can get messy. Just be careful. If using a “regular” pen, this can be avoided, but it lacks the fun and antiquity of using a nib.
Oil Pastel: Collector Barbie
This is the first oil pastel I ever worked on after learning to draw, and a piece like this can get you hooked on a certain medium—not that it’s perfect, but it definitely is one that’s a little more artistic. This Barbie is actually from a group of collectable dolls: the Midnight Tuxedo Barbie from the 90’s.
Another collector doll oil pastel is in the works…to be posted at a later time.
The only bad part about trying out various media is the cost; but if you can do it, it’s totally worth it.
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