1. The 'feathery' red hat is an example of Vermeer suggesting texture by means of 'working the edge'. This is probably the simplest method of creating a texture impression.
2. The polished ebony lions head is deliberately unfocused to bring it forward. Solid dots within a milky halo are the method used here to suggest polished highlights.
3. The blue silken sash below is made thin and silky by 'hard edge' differentials between the light and dark blue. The edges of the softer folds in the cape are not as harsh. I could have simply worked the edges to make it a fur coat.
Look, think discover the logic then apply it. This topic will be addressed in more detail later in the lesson on turning points and in the advanced lessons section on painting silk, satin, fur, linen, etc.
STUDENT ACTIVITY: Collect five more examples of 'edge texture' from magazines or from the internet.
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