NOTIFICATION in relation to this assignment: TEXTURE DISCOVERIES

(1) Prints of actual textures and (2) Rubbings of actual textures are the Outside Assignment due March 1.
(3) Drawn textures will be our In Class Assignment during class on March 1. (If you have particular textures in mind that you want to draw - such as the texture of a ball of twine, the texture of a sponge, the texture of a woven fabric, then bring those items to class.)



Search for interesting textures. Experiment with three ways of reproducing them: Do a series of prints of actual textures (1), a series of rubbings of actual textures (2), and a series of drawn textures (3).

(1) Do a series of prints of actual textures - one drawing page full of prints of different textures - 15 or more

(2) Create a series of rubbings of actural textures - one drawing page full of rubbings of different textures - 15 or more

(3) Create a series of drawn textures - one drawing page full of drawn texture - 10 or more - composition of drawn textures is open to your creativity - you may create a compostion or demonstrate
your variety of drawn textures in a grid - drawing page needs to be filled with different drawn texture.


            Note: For series (1) prints of actural textures and (2) rubbings of actural textures, this is largely a discovery problem. It is less important in this problem to create a good design than to explore your environment for textures
that interest you and figure out ways to reproduce them.

Note: For (3) drawn texture work, you may be creative in how you design your page - a figurative composition, a non figurative, abstract composition or simply a grid.

            Printing         In the printing sample shown, the student rolled ink onto a number of surfaces and pressed them onto paper as prints. The ball of twine in the lower right probably was rolled slightly to get its print since a ball has no flat surface. The result gives a lot of information about the object used to make the print, as do some of the other prints. The tightly coiled spring, the gear, the highly patterned heel of a shoe, and the instep of a Chinese-made shoe complete with characters are recognizable and yet intriguing. What the other objects are is not immediately apparent, but the patterns made by inking and printing them are interesting textures.








            Rubbing         Rubbing textures creates a somewhat different effect than printing them. Rubbings show not only the high points in a textured material but also a suggestion of shading between them. Whereas prints have only two tones, figure and background rubbings usually result in a greater variety of values. These can be manipulated at will to some extent by varying the pressure of the pencil used. A soft pencil will enable a greater range in values than a hard one and will pick up the surface features of a texture more quickly.






            Drawn textures         The first two parts of this problem are fairly easy; almost anything will make a print or rubbing. You may enjoy finding and reproducing textured materials. Drawn textures are harder. In the example shown, some of the drawings work better than others as textures. The drawing in the lower right corner gives the strong impression that you would feel root-like ridges if you ran your hand over it – even though you have no idea of what it is. The strands of twine above it also work well as visual textures, not so much because of the thread lines on the twine as because of the overall effect of lights and darks alternating As suggested elsewhere, in this grouping of ten drawn textures dots or lines placed close together make a visual texture; even scribbling produces a visual texture.




Assignment due: March 1, 2012