An approach to drawing daisy textures

1:12 PM, Tuesday July 7th 2020

I've been trying to draw some daisies (the ones with the white petals and the yellow centers), and I found that drawing the texture of the yellow center is quite difficult, since there is a spiral-like pattern that goes in both in both directions.

In lesson 3, I realize that texturing isn't the main focus of the exercise. However, I would still really like to know if there is an approach to making it easier to draw things in a more precise manner such as for getting things in a perfect (or at least near) spiral pattern (even when I'm not necessarily it doing it for the homework). Are there techniques covered in later lessons?

Many thanks.

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10:39 AM, Friday July 10th 2020

There are no specific observation techniques covered on drawabox. One thing you could do is look closely at the pattern and try to make a guide with dots , and then doing your best copying it following the pattern. The texture of the daisy probably needs to be done super big as well because of the detail in the cast shadows, so if you attempt it make sure you're using as much space as you can.

1:01 PM, Saturday July 11th 2020

Thanks for the reply. I'll take that into consideration. One more thing, if you wouldn't mind answering - do you think I should draw all of the texture, or just parts of it?

1:15 PM, Saturday July 11th 2020

One part of the cool things about the techniques on lesson 2 is that you can use them to imply the rest of the texture of the drawings, for example, on the dissections you're told to make a transition towards the center of the organic form, and the center ends up almost white, using the gradients of the texture analysis exercises.

So you can pick a focal point in your drawing or 2, and draw all of the texture in those parts to drive the attention of the viewer to them. Then you can try to imply the texture with less density in other parts so the viewers fill the gaps themselves.

In any case, texture is not the focus of these lessons, so if you decide to do textures, I recommend you to take pics before adding them. Otherwise they can hide the construction which will make them harder to critique.

12:34 PM, Wednesday July 15th 2020

Yes, I do realize that texture is not the focus of these lessons. Although, I've still been a little confused on the placement of where I use them, should I decide to use them after the construction stage. I can't remember whether or not Uncomfortable said that we can apply textures to where we want our focal points to be.

The thing that also confuses me is what will happen if where we apply textures to our focal points doesn't reinforce the location of the light source. So for instance, if I decide that my focal point is at the center of an object, but the light source is directly pointing towards the center, how do you think I should address this, because otherwise things will contradict? Or is this something that doesn't really matter too much, as you mentioned earlier on?

Apologies for all the questions.

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