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Mark Sampler

Materials: Sketchpad, drafting

tape, ruler, 4H or 7H pencil,
eraser, Technical Pen .3 or
larger, ink

In this project you will develop

a series of marks and
techniques to build a range of
values with each of these
marks. The grid is divided in
half by curvilinear marks and
rectilinear marks. No mark
may be used more than once
on the grid.

1. Half of the grid (18 squares) will be filled with only geometric marks (straight lines and
angles) and the other half with only organic marks (irregular and curvy)
2. Each grid should contain a minimum of 5 squares for each concept (can be more).

Line thickness, Proximity, Overlap, Size

● Each square should use no more than 2 concepts

● 3 tones per square (easily identifiable, and preferably in a gradient)
● Only one mark per square.
● May only use a mark twice (changing the concepts each time)
● Each concept must be used at least 4 times in each half (rectilinear and

1. The mark sampler grid should be centered on a 13" x 13" paper and will consist of 36 1"
x 1" squares with a gradation of tone from darkest to lightest (depicting a minimum of 4
steps in the scale).
2. The squares form a grid with .5" between each square, and a frame of 2.25" around the
entire grid (between the edge of the paper and the interior grid).
3. The grid itself forms an 8.5" x 8.5" square.
4. Tape grid.
5. Students will practice each mark in ½” test strips before drawing them on their grid.
6. The first few marks will have to be approved by the instructor before being
placed on the grid.

Each square should contain a new mark, and should create a value scale using one of the
following concepts:

Line Thickness: Proximity:

Overlap: Size:
Common Mistakes

More than 1 mark

Not enough tones:

Image, not gradient:

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