Research on mark making

Mark making artist

Jackson Pollock



Autumn Rhythm, 1950. credits:

I have chosen Jackson to be featured as I strongly feel that his life story and work is very inspiring, especially towards art students, and I consider him as one of the early innovators of the mark making technique.

He rose to fame in the mid 1940s, when he reinvented the drawing process because of his dissatisfaction with representational art. His new technique, involving the use of unconventional tools (brush handles, sticks, cans, etc.) to transfer paint to his canvas, challenged the traditional method of painting and drawing and reinvented modern art. Even though the above mentioned method is akin to traditional media,  the unique techniques he used for his works (splattering, flinging, pooling, pouring, etc.) has inspired many to think past the boundaries of the different art forms and its techniques, to the point where his methods continue to disseminate around the world even after his passing, up till this very day.


Mark making methods

By definition, according to, Mark making is a term that is best used to describe the different types of lines, patterns, and textures an artist creates ​in a piece of art. Mark making can apply to any art material on any surface and is not restricted to paint on canvas or pencil on paper.

Some simple mark making techniques for a traditional art medium (pen on paper) would be hatching, cross hatching, stippling and scribbles, and that for paint on canvas would be splashing, flinging and dripping.

Here are some mark making techniques for the traditional PEN ON PAPER, credits:–gcse-art-sketchbook-sketchbook-ideas.jpg

Uncanny and rarely seen before mediums and tools used for mark making can be anything under the sun, as long as the tools helps to create prints on the work area. Some examples of of these uncommon items are plastic bags, rope, glue and even food.

Here are some common tools that have been used often in such clay sculpting lor! credits:–everyday-objects-visionary-art.jpg


Looking forward to the 2D class tomorrow, I’m pretty excited to experiment with some new tools that I’ll be bringing to class tomorrow!