Texture is a quality experienced through touch. Real textures are those that we can touch and feel.
Texture assists in visually describing the detail of an object, and helps us to understand what an object is made from. It can help us to recognise and understand the features of the environment in which an object exists.
Texture Keywords (descriptive)
- smooth, glossy,polished, hard, rough, corrugated, wavy, grainy, prickly, pebbly, Soft, fuzzy, slimy
Texture can be used to create
- Emphasise an area
- Create pattern
- Enhance and describe form
- In rendering texture is used as a representation of a material
- Tactile feeling & emotion
Texture offers considerable challenges in illustration; it is challenging to visually represent features that we usually recognise through touch.
Texture communicates information about the characteristics of an object. Rendered architectural illustrations might depict stone or brickwork, reflective glass surfaces and the foliage of surrounding trees
Smooth, shiny textures can be associated with surfaces such as metal and glass. They can appear cool, soothing and calm.
Texture can be functional, for example, the smooth handle and rough teeth on a greater.
Texture can be descriptive, for example, the smoothness of eggshells or the roughness of timber.
Soft textures can be associated with surfaces such as flesh or fabric and can appear warm
Rough, spiky or prickly textures can suggest danger or aggression.
Texture Design Examples: