Undoubtedly we have preferred choices in the type of mediums we wish to use when we draw. Some like pencils, others like gel pens, ball points, prismacolor pencils, etc.. There are definite advantages for each medium. As I have mentioned several times, prismacolor pencils tend to be my favorite due to the strong value range that you can get from each color. Plus they don’t smudge. Pick a color like purple in prismacolor, and you can still make a drawing look pretty sweet. If you forgot what the advantages are between using prismacolor pencils and other mediums…check out one of my previous posts here. See the drawing below…it won’t win any design competitions for sure…but that is not the point of the drawing. The point is to look at the contrast you can get from a single medium.
I spent probably 10 mins on this sketch trying to push the darks and lights. It is why prismacolors are just the ultimate champs at creating a product that consistently delivers the goods! I started thinking whether certain mediums make a difference or not. I’ll have to admit that I LOVE the feel of ball point pens on regular copy or marker paper. They feel smooth and less restricting than some felt tip pens. Plus there is the advantage of being able to get varying line weights as you can draw your attention to certain areas of your drawing.
Believe it or not…I don’t like pencils very much….at least for drawing cars. I used to, but buying different value levels from 4H to 6B bugs me….plus I smudge the drawings all the time….no matter how much I try to protect them…highly annoying. When I was younger, I also felt that buying the best mediums would only encourage and help me to draw better. I had to use what the pros used. Nothing less. Afterall…using the pro’s arsenal of preferred weaponry would only get you that much closer to bad-ass drawing levels!
So the above sketch definitely shows my preference in mediums……or does it? What do you think? Out of all the drawings that I have shown you on this site, which medium do you think will give you the best results for drawing better?
The answer is….drum role please…… NONE of them! Why? Because ultimately……it boils down to practice! It doesn’t matter what you use…at the beginning at least. Of course as you get more serious with your work, you must find a way to “control” and “own” whatever choice of material you wish to use. Understanding what the advantages/disadvantages of each medium and their attributes will be key to your success because you will be able to make anything look halfway decent no matter what you use.
The above sketch was drawn with my son’s purple washable crayola crayon:) To be clear…it isn’t my preferred medium…but you can still consider it a decent sketch. Son!! I owe you a purple crayon! Ahhh…. what the heck…I’ll buy you another pack!
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