Experiment using both traditional art tools and ‘non-art’ media. Use wax crayons, ballpoints, highlighters and fat marker pens together with pencils, dipping pens and oriental brush pens (and so on). Think again about your support; perhaps use a coloured wash and/or collaged, textured surface.
I decided to draw my daughter’s guitar -mainly because I had found a really interesting picture in a travel magazine of a Blues musician that I wanted to use as the support, so I was prompted to think about music and how I could link the picture and my drawing together. I did a couple of sketches to explore both the composition, and ideas for mixing media. I wanted to explore how I could use the found paper to create an abstract drawing with some of the background picture showing through.
In the first sketch below the result is flat and uninteresting- it has no soul!! In the second sketch below I used marker pens and watercolour pencils and overlaid it with white acrylic- I felt I was onto something….
Mixed Media on found paper (approx A4) I started by creating an interesting white acrylic wash over the found paper background, encouraging drips and different depths of the white colour to occur. Then I overlaid with colour pencils, Derwent Intense pencils (painted in with a water wash) and felt tips.
I really enjoyed this exercise and became very involved with the drawing and the subject. I enjoyed the fact that it was not trying to be a realistic drawing of a complete guitar and I felt very free to experiment with media and style. I wanted the viewer to know it was a guitar without detailing the whole thing. I focused in on the centre of the instrument with details of the guitar’s decoration but put a lot less detail around the edges of the drawing.. I had wanted to let the background picture to shine through my drawing a bit more but I think I got a bit carried away and overlaid it a bit more thickly than intended. I hope the subject matter of the found paper is evident?
The strings look a bit too far to the right- but this was how it actually looked, as the guitar was slightly twisted to the right.
I really like the visual effect I achieved and felt that the creative elements from how the different media and colours were used emerged naturally as the picture developed. I did not have an end product in mind during the drawing process.
If I were to do this exercise again I might aim for an even more abstract subject with more of the background showing through the picture.