Texture and Pattern in Inorganic/Organic Drawing
When we look at the world about us, we are conscious not only of form, space, color, dark, and light, but also of tactile qualities, a sense of the feel of surfaces, of roughness and smoothness, hardness and softness –texture. Skillfully used, texture can contribute significantly to expressiveness; lacking a decisive sense of texture, a drawing tends to appear lifeless and weak. The textural character of a drawing is determined by several factors, including the surface portrayed, the drawing materials employed, the method of application, and the artist’s sense of invention.
Texture: refers to the properties held and sensations caused by the external surface of objects received through the sense of touch.
Actual Texture - Physical, tangible texture. Real textures are textures that really exist. They are what you feel if you touch the actual artwork. Physical texture is the texture you can actually feel with your hand. The build up of paint, slipperiness of soft pastel, layering of collaged paper.
Simulated Texture - Creating the visual effect of texture without actually adding texture.
Abstract Texture- Texture that does not seem to match the object it’s connected with so it has the concept of the object translated in textural patterns.
Invented Texture - The creative way of adding alternate materials to create an interesting texture.
Materials: sketchbook, graphite and charcoal pencils (experiment with both)
Purpose of project: Direct observation of the endlessly intriguing details of nature should be added to your repertoire of sketchbook activities. Familiarize yourself with the identifying characteristics of various textures that surround you – inside (i.e. carpet, food, furniture, etc) and landscape (trees, asphalt, etc.)
In your sketchbook create at least twenty sketches that visually illustrate the qualities of texture. For example, you may choose to familiarize yourself with the identifying characteristics of various trees by making quick sketches, both as silhouettes and with simplified shading to define volume (you may choose to develop more finished drawings and that’s ok). Example #2 do a pencil rendering that contrasts the smooth polished surface of an apple with the subtle texture of the rind of an orange or lemon. Include a slice of the orange or lemon (you may also choose to light the forms to show contrast between light and dark).
Each sketch can vary in size and dimension however, make sure the composition is at least 3” by 3”, if smaller than your sketchbook dimensions make sure to create a boarder.
Below are various examples for inspiration:
Please follow the above mentioned criteria for your sketchbook assignment.