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Mark Sampler

Materials: Sketchpad, drafting

tape, ruler, 4H or 7H pencil,
eraser, rapidograph pen, 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. Two grids, one with only

geometric marks (straight lines and angles) and one with only organic marks (irregular
and curvy)
2. Each grid should contain a minimum of 9 squares for each concept (can be more).

Line thickness

1. Each square should use no more than 2 concepts

2. 3-4 tones per square (easily identifiable, and preferably in a gradient)
3. Only one mark per square
4. May only use a mark 2 (changing the concepts each time)
(image is for reference, but does not represent exact dimensions)

You will create 2 mark samplers on 2 separate sheets of 13" x 13" paper. Each Sampler 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). The squares will 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).
The grid itself will form an 8.5" x 8.5" square.

The ​first grid​ should represent marks with ​organic s​ hapes.

The ​second grid​ will refer to ​geometric​ forms.

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



Technical Pen .3 or larger
2h or 4h pencil

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