Reflection: Mark-making exercise

The images below are sketchbook pages for the first exercise. Click on any to enlarge the view.

The degree of control depends on where and how the pencil, pen held.  Sometimes it would be desirable to have less control of the outcome – more creative possibilities perhaps when we relinquish control. Does this give the unconscious more rein?The effects that marks are influenced by the paper as much as by the drawing implement used. Some pencils “dragged” on the paper or felt that they must be “pushed” or used with more force in order to mark the paper effectively. This means that with some media or media / ground combinations, the mark-making must be more intentional.

I then expanded the scale to A2 to use the shoulder and arm, rather than just the wrist and worked on a drawing board rather than on a desk:

Using a drawing board changes the angle of working which enables a lightness of touch that is less easily attained when working flat on a desk or table. However, it would also require more muscle control which could be tiring over a long period of time, especially if working on detail.

Drawing large gives one freedom that is missing on a smaller scale and, as such engages emotions that are not felt in the same way when only the wrist is involved. Neurolinguistic programmers tell us that we can change our emotional response by changing our physiology; in other words, because particular physiological responses occur in relation to particular emotions, we can turn that to our advantage and consciously bring about the physiological change in order to change the way we feel.


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