Pre-Workshop Exercise: Expressive Marks with Pen or Brush
Both pens and brushes are tools that do far more than apply paint and ink to paper and canvas. They are sensitive tools that respond to the pressure and movement of the artist who holds them. We live in a world of digital wonders and manipulations yet the most refined software and digital tools cannot respond in the way a pen or brush responds to the human hand. It is the way an artist makes her marks with her tools that develops a recognizable style that is unique, expressing the personality and emotions that are also unique to the artist.
Be bold. Be adventurous. See how many different kinds of marks you can make with pens, brushes and pencils. Don’t worry about what you are drawing. Become familiar with the range of marks you can make with your tools. Try different nibs, different brushes, different pencils. Try combining pen or pencil lines with strokes of watercolor. Make at least a hundred experimental sketches. Have fun!