So this week I'm working from Chapter 6 in "Creative Drawing" textbook by Howard Smagula. This chapter focuses on texture and various textural effects that can be achieved using various drawing media and various paper.
An example of the expression that can be achieved by varying the texture of the paper can be seen in (right) Georges Seurat's conte drawing on rough, handmade paper "Place de la Concorde, Winter" (1882). The roughly scrawled black crayon marks against the rough paper depict a stark, bleak Winter scene. This mood would not be conveyed as clearly if the drawing was on smooth paper using light pencil.
This week's project was to experience the expressive possibilities of rough media. I've used black and brown crayon on rough watercolour paper to do my drawing of a barren looking tree in my backyard. The rough paper creates a good bark textural effect appropriate to the subject. The black colour creates a bleak expressive quality.
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Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.