Drawing

What is drawing?

Drawing is visual art in which an artist uses instruments to mark paper or other surfaces. Drawing instruments include graphite pencils, pen and ink, various kinds of paints, inked brushes, colored pencils, crayons, charcoal, chalk, pastels, erasers, markers, styluses, and metals (such as silverpoint).

What tools are used to draw?

A drawing instrument deposits a small amount of material onto a surface, leaving a visible mark. Drawing instruments include pencils, pens, sticks, brushes, and metal points. The most common support for drawing is paper, although other materials, such as cardboard, wood, plastic, leather, canvas, and board, have been used.

What is silverpoint?

Silverpoint and metalpoint drawing is one of the oldest methods of drawing. It was a common method during the European Renaissance and the ancestor of the modern graphite pencil. Silverpoint is a drawing instrument composed of a small, pointed metal tip, usually of silver, encased in a holder.


Learn More About Silverpoint and Metalpoint Drawing


Interviews with Contemporary Silverpoint Artists

The Ancient Medium of Silverpoint in Contemporary Art

This live episode of Art Materials Advisor features exclusive interviews by George O’Hanlon and Tatiana Zaytseva with silverpoint artists Koo Schadler, Lauren Redding, Erin Kono, and Michael Paul. Learn all about these artists and how they created the remarkable artwork they’ve achieved with the ancient drawing medium of silverpoint. For the full-length artist interviews, visit these videos below

For more information about Koo Schadler, her art, and her workshops, please visit Koo Schadler For more great information on silverpoint, please see the book: SILVERPOINT AND METALPOINT DRAWING: A Complete Guide to the Medium

Silverpoint Artist, Koo Schadler

In this Art Materials Advisor, we feature an exclusive interview by George O'Hanlon with silverpoint artist Koo Schadler. Learn about silverpoint drawing from master artist Koo Schadler artists and how she creates remarkable works of art with the traditional medium of silverpoint.

Silverpoint Artist, Lauren Redding

In this Art Materials Advisor, we feature an exclusive interview by George O'Hanlon with silverpoint artists Lauren Redding. Learn how she creates remarkable works of art with the traditional medium of silverpoint.

Silverpoint Artist, Michael Paul

In this five-part series of Art Materials Advisor, we feature exclusive interviews by George O'Hanlon with silverpoint artist Koo Michael Paul. Learn all about silverpoint from artists and how they create remarkable works of art with the traditional medium of silverpoint.

Silverpoint Artist, Erin Kono

In this five-part series of Art Materials Advisor, we feature exclusive interviews by George O'Hanlon with silverpoint artists Erin Kono. Learn all about silverpoint from artists and how they create remarkable works of art with the traditional medium of silverpoint.


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