Day 18: Opposites – Noisy & Quiet

Today’s mark-making exercise comes from this post, in which Lorraine Glessner encourages artist to make marks daily. 

Gather Materials:

  • an artist’s journal, unlined notebook, or piece of paper
  • a variety of pencils
  • a timer

Today’s Exercise

Opposites: Noisy & Quiet

Make drawings in pairs which express opposite adjectives. Lorraine’s example is Noisy and Quiet.

  • Set a timer for 1 minute. 
  • “Make a drawing which is noisy in as many ways as possible – your pencil should make a lot of noise as it vigorously scribbles and scratches across the page, and the finished drawing should be noisy in the way in which it communicates.”
  • Then take a deep breath in and hold it. Let out the breath and relax.
  • Set a timer for 1 minute
  • “Make a very quiet drawing. Your pencil should hardly touch the paper (imagine it’s the tip of a feather). Hold your pencil far away from the drawing end so you cannot apply too much pressure. Hush your pencil as you draw, and let the end result be a very shy drawing. 
  • Enjoy the differences between the two drawings – let your ideas bounce off each other. Push yourself to extremes of noisy and quiet.”

Reflections on the Exercise

  • 1 minute was a good length for these
  • I liked noisy. I switched between different pencils to get different weights and sounds
  • I didn’t calm myself enough between noisy and quiet. I rushed it.
  • Quiet was frustrating. I couldn’t make my pencil as quiet as I wanted it to be

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