Reflections on Exercises 1, 2, 3 (p 47).
Texture can be difficult to demonstrate and I need to practice more and widen my attempts.
I have sketched some plants (seeds, thistles, burrs), some objects from the shore-line, and a dishcloth. I have used various grades of pencil, dip pens, charcoal, fibre tip pens and collage onto a sheet of coloured newspaper, with sand.
Because of the more unpredictable nature of charcoal I find it best when drawing on a larger scale and trying to capture wooly or rough surfaces.
Pencil is easier for tonal work than for hatching. I can’t stop myself from turning the pencil at an acute angle to the page, so end up shading even when I am trying to hatch. This problem is removed by using pen to demonstrate tone by hatching, and I had a go at this with the pen study of seaweed and shells on a dish-cloth.
I experimented with ink and a twig in my sketch book and with ink and water to create feathers. There is little control (for me) in using this technique, but the effects are very subtle and light.
I am sometimes confused, when observing objects closely, as to whether they have texture or form. For example, is the spikey, prickly feeling of a hairbrush because it is textured or because of it’s form? I a way I suppose this is not an important distinction, and on a micro level, everything has a form which imparts its texture.