Monday, March 16, 2009

Black and White Marker Art

Robert Plant
Goldie Hawn / Private Benjamin

These were done 29 years while I was attending the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. The assignment was to draw something using professional designer markers. (markers have improved a little since then I think) We could use black and shades of gray....but no color.. Have you ever tried to draw with a permanent marker? I hadn't. I used them for coloring in stuff but not drawing. They bleed and they are uncontrollable. This is what was in my mind at the time. I thought what an impossible task. I think a demonstration was given and then we were on our own. The trick was to use tracing paper. Tracing paper!
What a challenged. I began to appreciated that only after the assignment was done. It opened up my mind...I love the discovery of ..Yes, I can do this. I come back to this lesson and remember... I can do it when I set my mind to do it.
These renderings are among a few thing that survived what I refer to as a "living fire" where things are being destroyed as if by a raging fire. So much of my portfolio was destroyed in this "fire "10 years ago. But these survived because I had given them to my parents. So they are special to me. And that is all I will say about that.


Anonymous said...


Those drawings are gorgeous. I can't believe how perfect they are. I could have never done that with charcoal let alone permanent marker!! Soooooo "tres chic".


Terri said...

Thank You, Kris.

I was 18 at the time when I did these.

Denise Elizabeth said...

Great post. Love your art. Really like all your etsy items also. Denise

Lisa said...

really nice work terri.. seems drawings like these are something you have to do in school.. i have quite a few portraits i started after school but didn't finish.I find it's great to look back at how our art has transitioned into the present...