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200 Textures

School’s back in session and my teacher gave me a whopper of an assignment due in 15 weeks. 200 textures must be sampled, generated and whatever for easy reference. Whelp! Looks like I have y work cut out for me. I hope no one in NYC bonks me on the head while chase samples with a digital camera!
I will most likely build the textures around the undersea base of Jasian Genetic from my comic Superficial. There is nothing in Detour Thru You Mind to justify 200 friggin textures.

Here’s what teach has to say:

(One of the final requirements for this class is a library of 200 textures.) If you are not at the project state that’s fine. Let me know that you are working a collection of textures as the textures creation requirements for this class.

Oh Dear!

List all the types of textures that you anticipate you will need for your thesis project or the types of textures that you want to create for your texture library. List the types of material you need to emulate for each element (stone, brick, fabric, etc.).

Oh My!

By creating a list of thesis project or library needs, you will start to organize the work and the order in which you will accomplish the tasks at hand. Lists and outlines are great way to get organized and to get to know your thesis project. When creating your list of project needs, be verbose. List as many features, textures and any other characteristics that may help you to know and understand your project. Be creative; there are no rules here.

For the love of Goddess–rescue me!


  • Create Directory Structure and file naming conventions for your thesis project.
  • Create a Master Texture Library Directory.
  • Create a Project Texture Library Directory.
  • Create a Class Project Texture Library Directory for each of the 15 modules of class (Week-01, etc.).
  • Define a project file naming convention.

Well this is not so bad. I like to organize things—only to mess ’em up later.


Start a sketchbook/texture journal. This should be a blank page book. I recommend a journal that is made for artists, so that it has good quality paper. It should be big enough so you will have room to draw, but not so big that you won’t want to take it where ever you go.


During the next 15 modules you will be collecting, creating, and observing textures. During this process you will be of creating a reference guide to texture, your journal. By creating a journal you will be reinforcing the information you are gathering. Your journal is an aid that helps you to recall textures in an environment and give you insight to the overall setting.

Good thing I’m a pack rat. I never go anywhere without a sketchbook. You never know when you may end up neglected in a waiting room!


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