Pattern and Texture: Jennifer Ladwig

This photo is of a journal made by Journals by Jane, purchased at BookPeople of Moscow. This is an example of pattern, citing the repetition of the tigers and bamboo. Photo by Jennifer Ladwig

Pattern is created when points and lines come together to create a plane, and then the planes are placed together to create one cohesive image with a pattern. Patterns are repetitions, although they are sometimes not readily apparent to the eye. With the image provided, there is no apparent pattern on the front of the journal, but when the front is compared to the back, you will see that the position, size and orientation of the tigers repeats. The tigers, one can argue, at points on the journal, a single object that grabs the eye. Together, the tigers make a line, as they stack on top of each other and next to each other. A plane is created from the tigers and bamboo. Although they look at first glance to be random, it was made with a distinct pattern through the repeated positions of the tigers and bamboo.

Texture can be real or apparent. The brick wall of a building has has real grooves, providing real texture. The image I included of an art print has implied texture. The piece is simply a print of the original painting, but the brush

This is a photo of a print called “Believe in Me” by Julene Ewert, a local artist from the Moscow area. This is an example of texture, citing the paint strokes. Photo by Jennifer Ladwig.

strokes and the paint splotches gives the piece some texture. The swooping motion of the strokes and tapering of the color at the end of the strokes implies that one could feel the slight coarseness of the paint, and the ragged edge as it ends. But it feel perfectly smooth because it is only a print of the original.

Point, line, plane, space, volume, texture and pattern all help a viewer understand and mull over a piece of art. In this example, although the pattern appears to have no rhyme or reason, a line for your eye to follow is created in the image. When I first look at the cover of this book, my eye is drawn directly to the center, to the small island in the middle of the blue water — what I would argue is a point. From there, my eye is drawn down the line of points made up of the corner of the blocks with the blue waterfall. Upon reaching the bottom, my eye is drawn one of two ways. I either follow the darker blue-green path up and to the right, eventually landing on the vine that leads to the title of

This is a photo of Issue 20 of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, a literary journal published in 2006. This is an example of how texture and pattern interact with point, line and plane, as seen in the use of the colors and blocks on the cover. Photo by Jennifer Ladwig.

the book. Or, my eye is drawn to the vine to the left at the bottom of the waterfall, again leading me up and eventually to the vine that leads to the title and issue number. As a bonus, this particular book has some texture to it, as the text in the background is lower than the colorful pattern in the foreground, which is raised, making it easy to run your fingers along the image and vines, again, eventually leading you to the top.

This piece is not very straightforward. It’s busy and loud, and there is no apparent pattern besides the use of color and blocks. But it all works out to eventually get your eye on the goal, the title of the book. You get to that spot because of the patterns in the blocks creating a line that eventually leads you to your final destination.

About Jen Ladwig

Hello world! Jen here. I am a sophomore at Washington State University, I am pursuing a degree in communication with an emphasis in journalism and media production. The goal is to get a global studies minor as well as fluency in French. I currently work as an editor at WSU's school paper, The Daily Evergreen, which I have come to realize is a job I'd love to do for the rest of my life. If I could have it my way, I would write or edit at a newspaper or magazine that had a global reach. Although I am still figuring things out, I know one thing; journalism is my calling. I have many hobbies, the most prominent of which are writing, tennis, and spending time with friends. Fun fact, I don't like to play games, so no video games or board games for me. This blog is for my Com 210 class, as a platform to post different multimedia projects we create throughout the semester.
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