Mark Powell likes to draw on vintage materials such as envelopes, newspaper or old bits of music score. He uses a biro (if you haven’t noticed already, I love artwork where biro has been used) to create his intricate drawings of random people.
The reason for drawing on antique material is Powell finds it interesting – he tries to connect the material to the portrait. For example, he found a WW1 envelope from a soldier who didn’t managed to send it to his loved ones; Powell then drew his interpretation of what the solider may have looked like.
This is a really interesting way of working – connecting your material with the theme you are looking at. If your artwork is based on music, use sheet music or CD’s to draw/paint on. If you are drawing a portrait of your dad, draw on one of his letters which has come through the post (ask permission first!).
Follow the link to have a read of an interview he did for the Huffington Post.