INK AND GRAPHITE
These two are linked together because I looove the contrast between them. Usually when I draw with ink (sometimes with a paintbrush, sometimes with a stick, depending on the marks) I have to work back into it with graphite. The ink is so messy and free, I love the little splashes and mistakes that derive from ink.
Graphite can be used either softly or harshly and creates a number of textures. I'm not fussy with what brands I buy for either of these- Ink can be quite expensive however I find that the cheaper brands work just as good as the expensive ones so buy whichever you can afford and the same goes for graphite really.
PENS: FINELINERS, POSCA'S AND PROMARKERS
Pencils are too soft and light for me so I tend to stay away from them. I favour materials which are more permanent because then the marks are a lot more expressive instead of them being kept comfortable and rigid- don't be scared to make mistakes! It's all part of the process. Fineliners are a good start because they're available in lots of different sizes; you can go for a large broader pen or a teeny tiny one which is great for very detailed drawings. I don't have any preference when it comes to which fine liners I buy.
Posca paint pens are lovely water-based markers which are amazing for adding bold colours; because they are 'paint pens' they are very highly pigmented so you can use them over any surface. They also come in a range of sizes and I personally find the white is great for adding detail back in to my drawings!
|Posca pens can be used over any surface and leave a bright, solid colour- need to be left to dry for a few minutes after using|
|Promarkers are a little more washed out and great for blending colours|
(And glue.) I do purposely include these materials in my drawings sometimes but they are also my life savers because they can cover any mistakes. If something goes wrong I can apply a strip of paper over it or just mark it off with a piece of masking tape and draw back into it- adds texture, and looks like it was meant to be. Masking tape and brown paper however may not be loved by everybody (my tutor hates it!) Also, if you find giant pieces of white paper or blank pages in sketchbooks intimidating to draw on you can always collage some grounds before drawing- this helped me a lot during my Art Foundation.
|Collaging pages up before I draw on them already gives me something to work with so it's not just a blank page|
These are just materials I love to use and there is definitely no right or wrong way to draw or make art. Don't just take my word for it- I might like using ink, but you might find it too messy and annoying. Try out lots of different things to see what you're comfortable working with! Personal art styles flourish over time and It takes a lot of trial and error to find out what works best for you. (Also, all opinions here are my own- I'm not a professional art advice giver (?) just an experienced design student sharing materials I have grown to love over the years.)