When you see the drawing of Richard Serra straight away you can see the weight, gravity and powerful stance which is shown with his sculptures. Through Serra’s hard mark making you see these dense forms which show the gravity which surrounds his objects. The 2D drawings shows the process of his heavy mark making, and because of this you see the power of the form. The layered surface creates a void showing the strength of the material, although only on paper you become overwhelmed which is so often seen in Serra’s sculptures.
Serra’s drawing from the early 1970’s were primarily on paper using more traditional mediums such as ink, charcoal, lithographic crayon. Later in the 1970’s he started using black paintstick, a crayon comprised of a mixture of pigment, oil, and wax.