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7:50 PM, Tuesday November 1st 2022

I thought they were simply the shadow cast by an object/form, however; when looking at the crumpled paper I can not seem to define cast shadows objectively enough for me to draw them

As noted here in the assignment section where we mention the first row should be crumpled paper, I explain that this is actually something of a special case. Perhaps you missed this section, so give it another read - hopefully it will clarify your concerns.

I also do not really understand what texture is, is it a recurring pattern of some sort? Or simple stuff on top of the" main object"?

Texture is not a recurring pattern - it is referring to the smaller forms arranged along the surface of another object - so in your words, it's the "simple stuff on top of the main object". These notes from the lesson should help explain the process of how we engage with our references to extract that 3D information and use it to make decisions on how we design our shadow shapes.

2:28 PM, Friday November 4th 2022

Hi Uncomfortable. I have noticed over the past year how many questions concerning texture there are. I did lesson 2, the texture challenge, and have continued to practice texture on my own. And I still find it challenging and confusing. Apparently I am not alone. I know you have been revamping your lessons. Have you redone the texture one yet?

Personally what would be helpful is a wide variety of exemplars, maybe in the 10 to 15 range. I feel that would be very helpful for learning the process. I understand however why you wouldn't want to do this, however, as students tend to just try to copy what the teacher does in the "correct" model. "This is how you do fried chicken", "this is how you do tortoise shells", etc. It does appear to be one of the areas that cause the most trouble for students though, so just spit balling an idea to help.

7:08 PM, Friday November 4th 2022

The texture section is something we are indeed going to be addressing with one of the more significant parts of the overhaul, and we have some plans on how to tackle that differently than we are now. However, the overhaul is progressing very slowly, due to the fact that there's very little time in between critiquing the continuous flow of submissions we receive, and so I have no guarantees as to when the overhaul will reach this section.

6:58 PM, Tuesday November 8th 2022

hello uncomfortable, thank you for your comments and sorry for the late reply.

in regards to the first part(crumpled paper) i do not understand how i can focus on "black shapes" when a black shape is not defined; it is more of a scale from white to black or black to white,so when it comes to drawing the shapes i do not understand where the middle value shapes go, as white or as black? to but it simply in my mind there are a lot of values and defing them with just black and white is not clicking.

second part, what about bricks on a wall, you mentioned they are not a texture,however, are they not forms on a surface, a wall? just like the fish wallpaper?

hopefully what i said makes sense.

thank you

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.

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