Texture in illustration
Series: Some notes on style by Adam Ming
One of the primary ways I apply texture to my illustration. Is what I’ll call ‘Screen tone’ style.
In manga, shading traditionally is added by using screens of halftones onto the page and removing the parts of the screen that are not needed.
I use this same mental model when applying texture to my illustrations. Except instead of using a ‘screen tone’ sheet, I use a texture brush. But the idea is the same. Lay down the texture and cut out the parts that are not needed.
I use this texture layer to describe both the shading of a piece, but also the tactile quality.
Here’s a trick if you want something to look coarse, use more tonal contrast between the base colour and the texture. (Like the floor) . If you want something to look smooth use less tonal contrast. (Like the cape)
I hope this gives you some ideas about how you can use texture in your own illustrations.
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