Ekta just finished this successful pen & ink drawing of the coastline. Students are first introduced to the element of art called 'Texture'. They learn to identify textures as either man-made or natural and conclude whether or not the texture has a pattern. Students then select a color photo based on texture and not the colors. Then students must invent their own textures that will simulate the textures found in the photo. In order to start their drawing they must convert the colors into values. Value refers to the lightness or darkness of an area. To produce a darker area the lines in a texture have to be places closer and closer together. Sometimes the colors have the same value as the color next to it so the student must decide how to develop contrast. An artist produces contrast when they are able to show a distinction between two areas that have the same value. This demands an intense thought process to work through all the decisions that have to be made. Pen & ink is not for the impatient as this type of media usually takes longer than any other to complete. I am so proud of Ekta for her perseverance and battling through all the difficult times.
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