Research- Texture Experiments

When we did the photography challenge for Creative Elements I ended up taking some close ups of the pillars outside the university. They were chipped and rusted, with splatters of paint over them like someone had been celebrating a bit too hard. Every time we mentioned the armor aspect in this world I kept thinking it would be interesting to have certain famous Roman artworks merged to the world itself. They would be worn and faded, as if anything and everything was used in the world’s production.

IMG_5062Inspiration from our photography task.

In our original research we found that ancient Roman artwork essentially involved painting on walls (hence why many of the pieces do not exist today). These paintings often told the story of fallen war heroes and a lot of myths (many of which were borrowed from the Greeks).

Examples of wall paintings in Rome.

Ryan also found a whole tonne of Roman graffiti that existed (most of which was quite pornographic). In Rome graffiti was legal and considered a must- people would even inscribe messages into the walls of friends homes, thanking them for their hospitality. In Pompeii there is over 11,000 examples of graffiti, from carvings into walls to painting them.

After looking at both the graffiti and mural painting artwork, we decide this would look pretty good as a basis for our own texture. Ryan and I experimented with added textures to some of Italy’s most renown artworks. Ok so I used the painting from the Sistine Chapel (inside the Vatican) but it was just for an experiment ok?

texture- touching God example.jpg

My rendition. I played with the opacity and then added further colour fading with multiple ‘grunge’ brush sets.

 Both of the above are Ryan’s experiments.

Gianni showed us these fountains that are typical in Rome, or Roma as Gianni referred to it as. In 98 AD the Roman Consul was made the commander of the city’s water supply and so needed to make a safe way to supply water to the public. Today, over 2,500 of these public nasoni remain. (, 2016)

I really liked the look of these fountains- they were worn and vandalized, but still usable. This is like the premise for our own world- the texture itself is completely messed but the world inside is live able.


Khan Academy, (2016). Khan Academy. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 Feb. 2016]., (2016). The Nasoni: Rome’s Ubiquitous Public Fountains | Italy. [online] Available at: [Accessed 23 Feb. 2016].



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