Fur Trappings With Matthew Knowles

Textures and movement in animal depictions. Animals were among the first subjects depicted by humans. We have always relied on them for food clothing and tools. We even held some sacred. This gallery takes a look at works from a myriad of eras which depict animals and some of the techniques used to give the impression of movement and texture.

This piece showcases a basic concept of movement and texture. You can see lines of texture in the mane and tail of the horse as well as the feathers and fur of the beast coming out of the clouds. Additional texture lines can be seen on the chest of the horse demarking musculature. Movement can be inferred from the horse's poised stance as if in mid stride, as well as the reaching arms of the beast in the clouds.
Yet another piece showing the basic concepts of both movement and texture in animal subjects. You can clearly see texturing in many of the animals' fur, most notably in the lion's mane. All of the animals seem to be in varying states of movement. You can see that the lion is in mid stride, the bull seems to be angrily turning to face a goat which is a little to close for comfort. I chose this piece and the one before it to show how even basic drawings use many of the elements we have been studying.
In this work a more advanced yet still simple texturing technique is used. You can see the light texturing of feathers on every bird. The mane of both the horse and the lion are finely textured as well as is the horses tail. Orpheus is pictured in the middle playing a violin while the animals lay around her listening peacefully. You can see movement in the stride of the peacock and the position of the horses tail.
In this piece two of every animal on the planet gather to board Noah's ark. This work is full of movement, from the prancing horse to the birds flying overhead to the leopards cuddling up to one another. You can see meticulous texturing in the fur of every animal as well as the clothes of the people and the cloth on the camel's backs.
This piece shows the sorceress Circe surrounds by animals that had been the companions of Ulysses (Notice the abandoned armor on the ground.) The amount of texturing in the work is astounding. Everything id finely textured from the animals fur to the craggy walls to the flowing robes of Circe. Movement is well represented as well. Cloth hangs from a branch above Circe blowing in the wind joined by the grass and moss in the picture. Some of the animals are in energetic poses suggesting they may be moving.
A gathering of animals is depicted. Fine yet simply detailed texturing is found in the animals fur. The scene is one of complete movement as none of the animals are sitting still. Most of them seem annoyed or downright angry.
A few cows head into a small village. Plaques are a powerful medium for texturing as you can actualy feel the lines of texture. This piece takes full advantage of this paying special heed to the musculature of the cows. The cows are in the middle of walking into town, this is shown with the mid-stride pose of the cows.
This painting shows a few people and there herd of animals traveling past a cliff. there is a heavy mix of both fine and basic texturing. This is best shown in the mountain which has both finely textured crags and lightly textured peaks. there are many moving subjects in this work from a man playing a flute to cows grazing on the grass.
A man kneels solemnly next to a lion. A monkey wielding an angry cobra sits astride the lions back. There is not much movement in this picture but the detailed texturing of the subjects meant i could not exclude it from this list. everything is finely textured from the wispy hairs of the lions mane to the clothing of the man.
A fairly recent sand sculpture depicting the animals of Africa. Obviously it is finely textured because it is a sculpture. What I find more interesting in this piece is the sense of movement imparted by the animals' poses.
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