This is a fun exercise you might want to try on your life drawings or even any kind of drawing. Make a few different versions of the same drawing in different media, exploring different styles. You can even think about your favorites artists and try a version of your drawing in their style.
1- Black marker and cross hatching
I tried it on this drawing I made in life drawing class:
For this original drawing, I used graphite first, then I went over my drawing with a black marker and used cross hatching for the areas in the shade.When I was done with the marker, I erased the graphite drawing. The paper is mixed media paper.
2- Charcoal and white acrylic
For this version I used charcoal for the dark areas with an irregular cross hatching. I smudged charcoal all over the white paper for mid tones and used white acrylic paint for highlights.
3- Watercolor pencils in different colors
For this painting, I used watercolor paper and then mixed a few colors with watercolor pencils (blue, yellow, orange, red, black for the hair) before going over the painting with a wet brush.
4-Black outline and watercolor washes
I also used watercolor paper for this one, starting with a back outline of the figure in a waterproof black marker (Sakura Pigma Micron) and then painted a light wash over the figure, adding a few red highlights wet into wet.
5-Black markers and watercolor crayons- Inspired by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec
This drawing is inspired by the illustrations of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec for his posters. I kept it really simple with just a few details highlighted in color and a black background.
6- Marker and watercolor- Inspired by Egon Schiele
When it comes to drawing, my favorite artist is Egon Schiele. This watercolor is inspired by some of his drawings. I did a black outline with marker making the figure a bit more elongated and with sharp angles then added color washes to the figure.
7- On yupo paper with markers and watercolor
This is in the style of my “Life Patterns” series. I am re-working life drawings on yupo paper with watercolor and markers and lots of patterns.
Have you tried different versions of the same drawing? What was your favourite technique?