When you create a drawing, the substances you use can make a big difference in how the drawing looks. The tools you use to make your drawing are called "medium". As you experiment, you may find you prefer one medium more than another.
Selecting a medium doesn't just end with the selection of pens, pencils, and paper. There are lots of techniques that also change the way a drawing looks. Here are just a few:
Stipple - Use tiny dots to create a picture instead of lines. The closer the dots are, the darker the area appears in the drawing.
Scratchboard - Paint your entire paper black and let it dry. Then, using something sharp like a toothpick, scratch your drawing through the paint.
Color Scratchboard - Use crayons to color an entire sheet of paper. Then, paint over the crayon with black paint. Let the paint dry and make a scratch drawing - allowing the crayon colors to show through.
Grid Drawing - Find a photo you'd like to copy into a drawing. With a dark pen, make a grid on the picture. Draw the same grid on your paper and copy the image into it square by square.
1. Experiment with different materials
Sketch a Still Life three different times so you can see how different mediums change a drawing. (A Still Life is an object that doesn't move, like a bowl of fruit or a vase.) Try one of the following artistic experiments:
Try Black and White: Draw your still life three times: with a black pen, black colored pencil, and charcoal or a regular pencil.
Use Color: Draw your still life three times: with a colored pens, colored pencils, and crayons or pastels.
Mix and Match: Draw your still life three times with any combination of techniques you choose. (Make each one look different.)
More to Explore
Try your favorite medium on three different kinds of surfaces. Try regular paper, glossy paper, and even a paper bag or a paper plate. Was one easier to draw on than the other? Did the surface medium change the look of your drawing?