my latest drawing. done just last night.
today’s thoughts have all been about Texture. I have a feeling that I missed it badly in certain places of the drawing; espacially along the cliff faces on the left and right of the falls.
googling on the subject says that texture is a fundamental element to art but that its less important than form, and value.
whats interesting about this image is that previous to last night; certain parts of the image espacially in the upper left looked rather different. as I scrutinized and developed small areas through the picture- last night it became obvious to me; that the value of the upper cliffs were all wrong. I darkened the heck out of it and its appearance (I think) marginally improved.
I think I might still have value problems espacially along the lower part of the cliffs where there was some deep shadows from the cliffs.
alternately; I might have missed or screwed up some of the form of the cliff; getting so lost in the details that i wiped out the all important shape of those cliffs.
Lastly and surely I didn’t copy the textures right either.
I just proved to myself that the whole drawing doesn’t work. ha!
yeah. thats not quite the way to look at it either. instead I’m working on getting more detail, texture, and contrast into my drawing- and it IS more deeply contrasted than other recent images.
I think its good practice to think about texture; and I can probably further improve by concentrating on texture some without the challenge of a big complicated waterfall picture at the same time.
I also think texture is especially important in landscapes. there’s always so much MORE detail than can be exactly drawn; so the big challenge- to suggest that detail.
your thoughts are appreciated.