Does the quality of the materials you use to make artworks matter?
The answer is a surprising “Yes” and “No”!
As far as possible, it’s always better to purchase once, and purchase well. But it’s also equally important to realise that good materials require good maintenance routines that will keep them performing well. So, what kind of artist–caretaker of materials are you? What routines do you have in place to look after your new art materials?
The “No” part of the answer refers to those non-art materials that cost little and are not necessarily of good quality but can yield great visual results.
What do you really need, anyway?
We’ll assume that you’re keen to try a range of ArtEyeDeer lessons which encompass the use of dry and wet media. Let’s look at these materials in terms of their technical capabilities and the type of creative results that they can yield.
So, there’s the list of ArtEyeDeer material essentials, and would-really-like-to-have desirables. Once you get started, you’ll begin to formulate your own materials kit according to the way you work, and the techniques and processes that engage your visual thinking. Know which materials need to be cherished and looked after carefully, and which ones you can use to expand your creativity and broaden your experimentation.
In the end, it’s over to you to determine your own artistic material matters!
Art Eye Deer Teacher