Gradation of Texture





Albrecht Durer’s drawing of a rhinoceros relies heavily on gradation of texture to explore, in great detail, the surface of the animals skin. By intensifying the texture in the lower half of the animal he has increased the appearance of a solid, heavy mass. The increase in textural detail on the lower region of the head make it seem extremely heavy, pulling it towards the ground. By using a gradation of texture, rather than an overall texture, the drawing is made much more interesting.

Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) “Rhinoceros” (1515)


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John Lovett is an Australian artist working in oils, watercolor and mixed media. Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” magazine.      



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