This month the poll allowed multiple responses. That's because I know lots of you have two or three types of media you like to use. It was suggested that people limit responses to those media used on a regular basis.
In total there were 183 respondents who provided 532 responses - which makes an average of very nearly 3 types of preferred media which are used on a regular basis
The averages in the chart relate to the percentage of respondents indicating a particular option. In other words 70% of respondents use graphite while 35% use watercolour and 22 % use charcoal. The percentages don't add up 100% because just one person could have said that their three favourite media were pencil, watercolour and charcoal.
The top three media for drawing and sketching
You might be surprised by which are the top three media for drawing and sketching.
- a whopping 70% of all respondents use graphite - this was by far the most popular medium for drawing or sketching
- 42% of people responding like to use coloured pencils. It's quite likely that at least one of them has been influenced by the fact that a lot of coloured pencil artists read this blog!
- 35% of artists taking this poll prefer to paint with watercolour when sketching
Traditional pen and ink wins out!
Of those who like using pen and ink, there's a preference for using pen and ink the old fashioned way - but it's close!
- 27% of respondents say their preferred medium is traditional pen and ink
- while 24% opt for other forms of pen and ink - such as ballpoints, rollerballs or graphic pens
- just 12% like using marker pens for colour
Between the pastels there's an expected preference for soft pastels
- 17% of respondents use and prefer soft pastels on a regular basis
- while 12% use hard pastels or conte sticks
- and only 9% use oil pastels
People who use dry media quite often progress through diferent dry media. However if looking to use dry media to provide colour then
- 42% prefer coloured pencils
- while only 17% like soft pastels
- 22% like using charcoal - probably the oldest drawing medium of all
- while a third of this - 7% - like using digital drawing tablets.
Do please comment on what you like to use the most and why.
The next Making A Mark poll will be posted on Monday 1st June.
- MAM Poll May: Which media do you like using for drawing or sketching?
- The Making A Mark Poll - Resources for Artists - see all the past opinion polls in one place