We were asked to collect a selection of objects with different surface textures and experiment with depicting the textures in our sketchbooks.
The first object was actually a wool hat but I concentrated on the texture of just a section of the knitted part. Using pencil I wanted to try and get the repetitive pattern of the knit but also show the irregularities in the texture as parts had been stretched and twisted slightly. I then concentrated on just one strand of the wool to try and capture the softness and cable like qualities. Again zooming in further the final two wool sketches are using different types of graphite sticks to concentrate on just the softness of the texture.
In contrast, my next object was a hard plastic button, as I had struggled with the hard plastic nature of the lego brick I wanted to try different ways to get this quality in 2D. Again I tired to use different materials to capture the hard texture, pencil was first and again I struggled with this. I then drew around the button to get the exact shape and used charcoal sticks to focus on the hard outline created by the button. The third drawing was using a black ink pen and simple cross hatching and the fourth section were experimental drawings using a mix of pencil and pastel, this time focusing on the shine element.
The third texture was a soft piece of cloth. Again starting with pencil I tried to show the soft pillowy texture with a very quick outline drawing. Using some acrylic paint I then focused on the detailed texture the cloth made when itself was used to apply the paint. I like the effect this produced so tried to copy it using some soft grey ink and a mixture of firm and soft brushes. The final drawing in this section was experimenting with some new water soluble pastels to see if I could portray this soft texture.
The final item was a metal key. Again I wanted to try and concentrate on the shine as I didn’t think I had done this well earlier. The top left drawing is using watercolours and I found this difficult to get the shiny texture and so switched below to pencils and ust concentrating on the cylinder of the key tried to get this shine to come through. The final two images are focusing on the end part of the key which when you touch you can feel the squares pressing into your skin. To show this I used ink and the actual key as a stamp and then I used these shapes underneath to do a ‘walk the line’ type drawing just using a black pen.
My final experiment (for now) with texture was using a frottage technique:
I used a thinner piece of paper than my sketchbook paper and a soft graphite stick to create an impression of different surfaces. The surfaces were: a key, wooden floor, terracotta tiles, lemon zester, plastic clothes peg, wool rug, metal cupboard handle and a brick.