Today I have been working on Exercise 1 & 2 from Project 1 – Making Marks. This involved exploring expressive mark-making. The first exercise included making marks that are expressive of words like: Fast, Slow, Hard, Soft, Sharp, Delicate, Bumpy, Smooth, Sensuous, Sad & Happy.
Although I have done similar exercises before I did find this one more difficult than expected. Especially when trying to make a happy or sad mark. Fast, Slow, Sharp, Soft etc. are quite self explanatory but expressing emotion? Anyway I think I achieved it in some way with marks that were like explosions or implosions, jumpy or slightly wavy.
The second exercise called for different pencils to be used to create three areas of tone.
Here are some of the experiments: