Visual texture is used to communicate expressive possibilities in art. Texture can be used to create a violent or discordant mood, or conversely, a mysterious, smooth and elusive mood.
The activity this week was to choose a subject and draw it in two different visual textures. I chose a feather - as it was one of the suggestions - and used a sharp H graphite pencil to draw the smooth version, using my finger to blend the tones to create a diffused texture. This is contrasted with the drawing in black paint of the feather using tonal contrasts for discordance as well as sharp, bold and scratchy vigorous, more agitated lines. I actually think I could have gone further with the agitated lines and made them even rougher for more of a contrast.
I enjoyed this particular activity and enjoyed drawing the same subject in different ways to explore this textural contrast.