It’s time for a texture mixer, i.e. hairy books and wooden pillows! How can you tell from a drawing that a bear is plush, not plastic? Or that a wall is made of wood, not stone? The soft fur or the rough stone are two examples of textures. What fun textures can you create? What happens when you change the texture of an object? Let’s find out!

Step 1:
Experiment with drawing textures. You can draw wiggles, dots, heavier strokes, and lighter ones. You can create patterns, practice cross-hatching or blending, whatever you like.

Step 2:
Pick something you would like to draw as a still life. It could be a bowl, a book, a towel, a plant, a pencil…anything! Do a simple sketch of it.

Step 3:
Examine your object and try to identify characteristics of its texture. What is it made of? How does it feel? Does it feel like you would expect from the looks of it? Notice where the light areas and shadowed areas are, including highlights and reflections.

Step 4:
Pick a new texture for the object. It can be one you practiced earlier, or a new one! Add scales, fur, cracks, feathers, a shine, or a pattern!