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25 Texture Challenge

12:42 AM, Friday June 11th 2021

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While I was doing the Dissections exercise in Lesson 2, I realized I was moving too fast through it, so to help me slow down and (in theory) understand it better, so I took the opportunity to try the 25 Textures concurrently, with limited success. I took my photo references and filtered out the color in an attempt to see the differences between the light and shadow, though many of these look like squiggly rubbish. I had difficulty applying them both to the right gradient boxes and to the bean shapes in the Dissections exercise too without the use of the photo reference. I couldn't extrapolate the patterns. This is perhaps my main issue with drawing: I can't do anything without photo rederence, and even then, my results are mediocre copy-pasta at best.

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