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Art & Design

Media and techniques

As part of your initial research and development it's important to explore different media and techniques. You could experiment with combining them to see what effects you can achieve.

Drawing materials

Drawing materials include biro, fine line felt-tips, charcoal, chalk, oil pastels, drawing ink, papers for collage and erasers.

Pencils, graphite sticks and charcoal

Pencils come in a range of different hardness. The H range is hard and light and useful for design or technical drawings. The B range is soft and dark and more suitable for shaded drawings.

Coloured pencils can be blended on the page and their tone can be altered by pressure. Some coloured pencils are water-soluble. Water can be brushed over them, or they can be used on wet paper to create more painterly effects. Water-soluble pencils tend to be softer than ordinary coloured pencils.

Watch this video to find out more about using pencils.

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Graphite sticks are like pencils, but without the wooden casing. They are useful for shading and blending.

Charcoal is a fast and responsive drawing media. It gives both soft and strong lines depending on how you use it. It smudges easily so use a fixative to keep it in place.

Watch this video to find out more about using graphite and charcoal.

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