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7:58 PM, Wednesday November 9th 2022

Crumpling up a piece of paper results in the once flat page (which was essentially a single plane) forming many separate planes, each oriented differently from one another. Thus the form shading on them differs, some being lighter, some being darker, due to their orientation in space. You would essentially be picking a level of darkness, anything darker than which you'd represent as black, and anything lighter than which you'd represent as white - resulting in your different major planes being either black or white.

As to your second question, the pattern of bricks (where you've got rectangles laid out) is not a texture, but the bricks themselves - where you have some bricks sticking out more, some sticking out less, the brick material and the mortar between them having their own little bumps, scrapes, flakes, etc. - are texture, made up of forms along the simple flat surface of the wall itself.

7:05 PM, Thursday November 10th 2022

hello Uncomfortable, thank you for you quick response.

Okay the paper forming many separate planes, due to it being crumpled makes sense, however. i do not understand"picking a level of white or black" would that not make the observation of what is white and black subjective? how do i know if i am doing the assignment right, when it is kind of subjective ?

Thank you.

11:29 PM, Thursday November 10th 2022

It is indeed subjective. There are many things that are subjective, but students are prone to not ultimately making those decisions. This part of the exercise forces you to do so, which then equips you with the confidence going forward to not just pay attention to what's in front of you, but to also make decisions.

One of the general skills we do develop in this course is communication - it's like we're the only ones with access to the reference image, and we have to share that information with someone else, only through what we draw ourselves. That requires us to interpret what we're seeing, and to strip it down into what is most important. That is in itself subjective, and requires you to make decisions as to what is needed, and what isn't. In such circumstances, making a decision - even an inaccurate decision (like in the context of getting the proportions wrong) is vastly more important.

10:17 PM, Sunday November 13th 2022

Thank you, finally the assignment is starting to make sense. Hopefully I can do the assignment more clearly now.


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