Pattern and Texture: Travis Thomas

This is a picture of tiles forming a pattern from Andrew Ridley that I got from Unsplash. This image is public domain.

A pattern is a repeating set of individual elements such as shapes lines or objects that are centered around the concepts of points, lines, and grids used to make a whole “piece” or pattern. In the Image that I attached, there is a geometric pattern being represented by what looks likes tiles on the side or on the roof of a building that are repeating in shape but differing in color. Each of the tiles acts as an individual element or shape and it is repeated to create a linear pattern. The tiles form diagonal, crisscrossing lines in the pattern as well as an intricate grid.

This is a design that I made while working at College Hill. This image represents texture.

A Texture, on the other hand, is a group of elements or points that aren’t necessarily repeating but come together to create meaning or depth when added to a design or image that allows the viewer to connect with it more. Textures can be both digital and or physical in nature. The type of surface that you print something on is an example of a physical texture. If you look at the picture that I attached to this post the distressed and the sketchy texture work together on the screen to create an optical texture that makes the design look weathered and gives it more character overall. The distressed texture that you can see the most clearly on the “S” in Spring, is made up of little rough pieces that come together to create the distressed texture as a whole.

This is a picture of sand representing texture, pattern, point, line, and plane from Bervan Ince that I got from Unsplash. This image is public domain.

The last picture that I attached represents both texture and pattern as well as point, line, and plane working together to help the viewer understand what the picture is. Without the sand texture that is in the picture the lines could look somewhat like ripples in the water rather than sand. The pattern of the lines also creates a plane that gives you context to where this picture was taken, probably in the desert somewhere because lines like that don’t occur on beaches normally. Without all of these elements, this picture would be very confusing given that the frame of the picture is so small not giving the viewer a lot of context as to what the picture is of. Both the texture and pattern are made up of lines and points creating a plane of sand that has direction because of the perspective of the plane as well as volume due to the shadows on the ridges in the sand.

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