Gallery Of Paper

Kay Gallwey, Spanish Dancer, 51 x 76 cm (20x30 in) This work is a fine example of how the quality and colour ofpaper can influence a drawing; the pale grey tone of this surface heightens the opaque areas of white gouache while still allowing the more transparent strokes of watercolour to show up. Although as absorbent as the paper Rembrandt used, the smoother consistency of this paper allows the artist to draw lyrically, producing lengthy, more generous, brushstrokes. The highlights on the cheek and hair also look most effective against the subtle grey colour of the paper.

Percy Horton, Study of a Farmyard, 19 3 5 , 30 x 46 cm (12 x 18 in)

Drawn on fine Ingres paper, this study in graphite pencil and grey wash easily shows up the smoothness of the surface. The artist has taken advantage of working with such a gentle texture to build up this drawing in an intricate Style, incorporating finer details and precise information to give a strong and interesting composition.

Percy Horton Art

The smooth, absorbent quality of the paper points up the stylish strokes of watercolour.

Here the artist has utilized the coloured paper as a half-tone on the hand by building up tones of watercolour around an area of untouched paper.

The smooth, absorbent quality of the paper points up the stylish strokes of watercolour.

Here the artist has utilized the coloured paper as a half-tone on the hand by building up tones of watercolour around an area of untouched paper.

of Working

Drawing is a skill that improves with practice, and the more knowledge you have about your materials, the better your drawing will be. For example, your choice of pencil, pen and ink, or Conté crayon will affect the look of your drawing, and it may be that one medium suits your purpose better than another. You will need to work with the different materials to familiarize yourself with them, to discover what each is capable of and to see which you feel most comfortable with. Pen and ink is ideal for fine, delicate lines whereas a brush and ink can range from fine lines to broad sweeps of tone. Once you know the strengths and limitations of your materials you can choose the appropriate one to your subject matter and to the mood you wish to create. You will then be able to start a piece of work with a positive idea about how the subject relates to the medium.

Materials to suit your style

Of course each individual will view life differently and two artists faced with the same subject would probably choose different media according to how they perceive what they see or how they wish to portray it. Rembrandt, for example, used a loaded brush of ink to make rapid notations of fleeting effects and images. You can try to do the same, or make loose strokes with watercolour washes. Like ink, these will produce an effect very quickly which can then be drawn into with a pencil or pen. You may be more methodical and analytical in your approach, and prefer the control that you can affect with a pencil. Many artists like to map out their drawings with great precision, and for this peiicil, ruler, and eraser are the perfect tools.

Choosing the right paper

Do not underestimate the importance of paper. If you work on smooth cartridge paper your pencil will be able to flow uninterrupted over its surface. You will be able to modulate your lines without any unexpected effects. A disadvantage

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