Want to create textures? Here are some hand techniques:
Soft = Rub a pencil/chalk lightly, blending edges with fingers or tissue.
Rough = Use paint on a dry brush, scratch or erase the surface
Slippery = Use wet paint or magic markers and smear with water.
Motion = Smearing ink across ridged paper
Create explosion by dropping ink from high above a surface.
Find a variety of surfaces and materials to create texture rubbings:
Well you get the idea. Come up with some ideas of your own!
[Some drawing applications, actually let you change the paper surface as well as the media to simulate textures. When printing, various textures of paper let the reader actually “feel” the texture for themselves. Many software programs on the computer give you options to make textures through filters. Place a picture in photoshop or Illustrator and then see what happens when you use filters such as crystallize, fragment, mezzotint, pointillize, diffuse, emboss, chrome, conte crayon, grain, and blur. Some drawing applications, actually let you change the paper surface as well as the media to simulate textures.]
Create 16 to 24 original — 3" x 3'' swatches (when trimmed) of textures by rubbings and other hand methods. Organize them to create a mounted texture quilt. Scan this collection of images to digitize them.
Create 16 to 24 original — 3" x 3'' swatches of textures by scanning, finding digital images, filtering pictures, or creating orginals with paint tools on the computer. Organize them in the same format as the hand rendered swatches.
Note: It is be best to create the handmade and digital textures very large. 8.5 x 11 would be the minimum size to consider, although it is a convenient size to scan at high resolution. The goal is to accumulate 32 textures, at high resolution, so you have an extensive texture library to work with in the future.
Using any of the digital or hand rendered swatches, blend the edges together and scale them at different sizes in order to create an interesting composition. Don't worry about keep the swatch size intact. You can duplicate the swatch to increase its area (without losing detail or resolution) you can add colored layers to tint them. Have fun, be create. Just keep in mind the balance of your composition. You do not need to use all of the swatches. The variety you select to use is completely up to you.
Create one composite digital file to upload. It can be one page with all three designs, or three pages in one document.
Here are successful examples!
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1 - Accumulate your images
2 - Brainstorm "story" ideas from the
3 - Organize your images and
4 - Create thumbnail sketches, and develop a thumbnail "storyboard" in your journal
5 - Make word notes so you can hone in on the right narrative
Be prepared at each class meeting for class discussions and sharing your materials and work completed to date!
Don't forget, your class participation and preparation is an integral part of your grade.
The purpose of creating these textures is to ultimately create a digital library of hand created textures. The best approach is to create your textures individually — each on a large sheet of paper. Then scan each texture separately at 300 ppi so you have large high resolution files to work with. You will find that creating a library of textures for future projects is really valuable.
You can colorize your hand -created textures for different projects and incorporate them as backgrounds to other work when appropriate — professional projects, not just class projects. Hand-created textures add a more creative, artistic style to a design.
Once you have all of your hand created and digital textures (saved as native photoshop .psd files,) 32 in all, place the images in Indesign.
For project one and project two of the assignment create
a 2 page Indesign file that is 12 inches wide by 12 inches wide. Create
one 3" x
3" box on page one. Position the box in the upper left corner
at the 0 x and 0 y coordinates. If you go to edit>step and repeat — you
can duplicate this (selected) 3" box horizontally 3 times with
a 3" offset. Then you can select all 4 boxes and duplicate them
3 times vertically with a 3" offset... thus creating 16 boxes
to PLACE your different textures in. Sounds complicated, but it is
very simple and fast.
Complete both pages of the Evaluation
Checklist form, and submit as pages one and two of your pdf project submission.
Face-to-Face students: All of your assignments should be uploaded and also submitted in "hardcopy" form. Be sure to review the "Evaluation Checklist" so you become familiar with the criteria which shapes your grade.
Online students : All of your assignments should be uploaded after you have printed them and are satisfied with the visual result. Be sure to review the "Evaluation Checklist" so you become familiar with the criteria which shapes your grade.
© Victoria Torf 2008