List of artistic media  

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In the arts, a medium (mediums, media) is a material used by an artist to create a work.

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Drawing

In drawing, "media" refers to both the material that is manually applied and to the base onto which it is applied. The media applied can be many things but the method of application is a stick type object with a point (not a brush) that transfers particles of media to the base. The point of the stick can be minute as it can be large. The medium applied can be graphite, fusain, pastel, ink among other things . Bases can be paper, plaster, canvas, wood or basically anything that accepts the medium applied from the point of the stick.

Common drawing media

Common bases for drawing

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Film

In cinematography, a sequence of still images is captured with a video camera. A series of individual images are called frames. When these images are shown in rapid succession, a viewer gains the displayed illusion that motion is occurring.

Painting

In painting, "media" refers to both the type of paint used and the base (or ground) to which it is applied. A paint's medium refers to what carries a paint's pigments, and is also called a "vehicle" or a "base". A painter can mix a medium with solvents, pigments, and other substances in order to make paint and control consistency.

Common paint media

Common ground media

Application tools and methods

Muralism techniques

Muralists use many of the same media as panel painters, but due to the scale of their works, use different techniques. Some such techniques include:

Photography

In photography a photosensitive surface is used to capture an optical still image, usually utilizing a lens to focus light. Some media include:

Printmaking

In the art of printmaking, "media" tends to refer to the technique used to create a print. Common media include:

Sculpture

In sculpting solid and textured surfaces and structures are shaped or combined using substances and components to form a three dimensional object.

Materials

carved materials

cast materials

modeled materials

Assembled materials

finishing materials

Tools

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