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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Touching the Surface


In digital art, it's often necessary or useful to use visual representations of real world surfaces. These images, together with artificial equivalents, are referred to as textures. Quite a sizeable community exists devoted to creating and finding high-quality, interesting textures and sharing them with others. Often these are shared under Creative Commons licenses, allowing for varying degrees of free use by others (sometimes requiring credit or restricted to non-commercial works). This vast symbiotic network has opened up an unprecedented range of mundane and exotic textures for common use. I've used one or two free textures in the past and want to close the loop by uploading some of my own.

A couple of weeks ago, while visiting Armidale (the same visit from which this photo was taken), I had the opportunity to take quite a few photos. The sun was shining and I was in a very different environment to my home city so it seemed wise to take the chance. Given the farmy setting, there were lots of great textures to be captured, in addition to the landscapes and animals subjects. I spent a while walking around the area finding and photographing both common and interesting textures - it's sometimes hard to tell which will turn out well on a screen so I cast my net wide. A selection of these are shown below, ranging from cowhide to sky to various wooden structures.














All of my public textures can be viewed and downloaded here.







The past becomes a texture, an ambience to our present.

Paul Scott

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