This exercise called for me to choose some images of my own to interpret in marks, to start with I found myself copying the image. After giving myself a good talking to I managed to free up a bit and concentrate more on the textures!
The first picture I chose was a photograph of trees in the snow. This was probably a bit detailed for me to start with, and as you can see I was concentrating on the image to start with more than the texture! I got there in the end though by switching from pencil to pen and ink. I also tried a wax crayon resist.
Next I chose an image I love, I took the photograph a long time ago on a trip to North Cornwall. It is of some north Cornwall cliffs and I love the textures and colours of the rocks. I have always had trouble drawing the rocks so thought I would give it another go. This time I just chose pencil and ink. This result with the dipping pen and ink is definitely more successful, the squiggles, dots and lines show the texture far more successfully than the pencil producing a more powerful image.
The third picture I chose was one of a very interesting fish, although not textured as such, the lines on his skin led me to some interesting marks. This time I used pencil, ink and crayons which I scratched back to show layers of colour.
All in all I am quite happy with the results and will use the techniques in the future, I just need a bit more practice at loosening my mind.