Sunday, January 11, 2015

Drawing Lesson On Using Line To Create Texture In A Drawing.

Texture can add a lot of interest to a picture as well as depth and value. This lesson deals specifically with a pen drawing but the concepts will translate in other medium such as pencil, and pastel.

A rural cottage was used in the illustration but still life or other theme works as well. The advantage of landscape is the variety of texture such as rock, tree bark, grass leaves etc. It helps to work off of a photo or to go outside where there is a lot of natural texture to discover.

There are different catalogues of lines but each artist must find his own preference and master the ones that works best for them.

Illustration for using line for texture in a drawing.Art lesson
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On a practice paper experiment with different lines such as small scribbles, rolling lines, wavy lines, straight dashes, curved dashes, and dashes where the pressure goes from firm to light.

This is not going to be a masterpiece, the goal is to learn how lines can create texture.
Quickly layout the picture, in the illustration a rural cottage was drawn lightly with minimal detail so that the texture can be used to fill in the body of the drawing.


FACING WALL ON RIGHT: The lines used for the wall facing the viewer appears to be constructed with flat flagstones. So the texture is mostly short horizontal lines. These lines are also thinner and lighter so use less pressure.

WALL ON THE LEFT: Looks to be another flagstone wall but different. Use horizontal dashes.

BUSH IN FOREGROUND: The texture is like a wiggly line that is wider at the base and narrower to a point at the end.

FOREGROUND WALLS: These look like larger stones, the texture is made of squares or rectangles.

DISTANT WALLS. Distance reduces detail, the wall has a texture of dashes.

FOREGROUND BUSH: The lines go in swirly patterns. The line goes around and over itself.

DISTANT BUSH AND TREES. The lines are open scribbles with as little pattern as possible.

ROOF: Light lines, shaped like the letter L or number 7.

Dashes and dotts were used in various places in the illustration as well.

(c) Adron Dozat

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