Last week we talked about sparsely marked drawings and pencil sketches, so it only makes sense that today we consider drawings in which nearly every area is marked.
The effect is a busy surface that suggests energy, intensity, overabundance, perhaps even franticness or chaos. Piranesi densely marked his etching series Imaginary Prisons and the resulting feel is oppressive darkness and convoluted, suffocating constriction. Van Gogh often filled his reed-pen drawings with many marks, differentiating planes extending into the distance by varying the direction and thickness of the marks, hatchings, and cross hatchings. The very sky vibrates with strokes suggesting the emanating rays of the sun. Energy and life is the tone conveyed.