With so many different ways to create textures to help define your carving it can be difficult to pick just the right one, or to come up with a particular look for an element of your carving.
The stipple and sand power carving texture is one great texture combination that has so many different uses.
I am demonstrating the result of using a basic simple stipple with the addition of sanding, but the sky is the limit to how many different foundation textures that can be used with the sanding technique.
Whenever you have very similar elements or elements that are the same but are on different layers, or focal distances from the primary focus of the scene, you need textures that are slightly different from each other.
Adding different degrees of sanding to any texture will change the dynamic look or the texture, and change the way that the light hits the texture. These differences may be subtle, but are very useful to create separation between elements of the carving.
As far as texture creation goes this is one of the simplest textures that can be created. There is not a lot to be said about the method for creating this texture.
There is, however, many different applications for this type of texture treatment such as:
- Creating fruit or vegetable texture.
- Tree bark and limb texture.
- Scale creation.
- Weathered rock and cement.
- Background mountains.
- Running water over rocks. (Created with a longer stroke base texture.)
- Lizard, reptile, and other scaly creatures.
- And many more.
The base texture of stippling is just a representational texture to apply sanding to. Any type of base texture can be used. Even adding sanding to different parts of one texture can help to show a more weathered appearance of some areas of the carved element.
The imagination is the only limitation on what kinds of textures can be created and altered with a little bit of sand paper.
Give this method of creating textures a try. You may find something that you really enjoy.