This week's post is about texture. I wouldn't classify myself as a digital artist when it comes to illustration, a lot of the digital elements in my work is from some layered elements or a bump in contrast or color. However I have been experimenting with digital art in this past year and the number one thing I've found that makes or breaks the quality and appearance of work done on the computer is texture. 

A lot of the time you have artists who make incredible work using Photoshop (and other similar programs) but they always have the same feeling of soft clay (at least thats what I feel it resembles). Mainly this is because its incredibly difficult (I would say impossible) to get different textures only using the varying brush tools. 

I've learned from other artists that the best way to break up this monotony in your digital design is to bring back the hand made element into your work by creating your own textures and scanning them into the computer. Below is an example of a piece I did using different textures on the computer. 

Movie poster prompt for 'An Education'. 

Created in Marcos Chin's Fashion Illustration class. 

As you can see I incorporated texture into the background, and in the smoke to add the effect and quality of the piece. Below are the textures I created and brought into Photoshop. These were created with graphite on bristol and vellum, sometimes mixed with water to change the depth or create new and interesting texture. The best thing about creating your own texture is that you can have fun with it! Its a nice excuse to make a mess and allow things to happen accidentally.

An important thing to remember is that 'multiply' and 'darken' on your layer in photoshop will help to blend the texture immensely. When you do this you can mask the parts you don't want and lower or increase the opacity. There are also ways to change the color and eliminate the white but I'll save that for another post involving line.
There is no right or wrong to this technique, a lot of what you do should be a learning process that coincides with the way you work. 

I hope you enjoyed this post, and stay tuned for next week :) 

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