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Caesar
11-13-2010, 12:17 AM
Pencil is a quite powerful tool for sketching in really few minutes and flexible enough for different styles. I give here a little demonstration with speedy thumbnails all placed on the same sheet.
I hope You loke this sketchy gallery and find it interesting enough to furtherly explore pencil unique contribution possibility also on Your artpieces.

Mike Severoff
11-13-2010, 04:46 AM
Dear Caesar!
You are superb in improvisation and fast painting.
And I would like to know, if it is possible,
what is your computer and a tablet: a laptop or desktop, A4 or A5?
Or just a white album sheet and a scanner?
-I just want presented the way you do your sketches.
Thank you. :)

ps. As you understand, I do not need the configuration of your computer (RAM, HDD size, size of monitor etc)

Caesar
11-13-2010, 05:52 AM
Dear Mike, first thank You!

Here are the requested information. my tablets are quite modest ones (I mean cheap, well under 100 ) and are as follows:

Trust TB-3100 (old one), active area A5, 1024 pressure levels sensitivity. I still use it, but it doesn't work very good anymore;
Trust Slimline, active area about 10% cm bigger than the previous one on both dimensions, same pressure levels;
SilverCrest2000 (German manufacturer for LIDL supermarkets only, on offer a couple of weeks ago). It has two screen sizes, normal 4:3, slightly more than A5 size, and Wide (i.e. horizontally wider). You can set either sizes depending on Your screen and use a wheel (You've got two in case You use left hand) to zoom in/ out or scroll up/ down; same pressure levels.
These sketches are small ones (thus not so precise) and were made with AR3 and tablet.
An appropriate use of small tilt and precise pencil, for outlines, and highly tilted and higher size of the pencil (from >100% up to 500%) which gives You the possibility to lay a shadow with some gradient are the only tricks. Condsidering the gradient, if You give the stroke in the right direction and to follow the curves, as with the real pencil, You may get a starting volume effect. Useless to say that eraser is necessary, unless You are Giotto, knife not that much and chalk may be added as appropriate in case (not in here though and in the last two drawings before).
I think I can now reproduce pretty well also a reference picture on one layer this way, monochrome for sure and color two, probably.

Jasminek
11-13-2010, 05:54 AM
Pretty good thes people are. Well done.:D

Mike Severoff
11-13-2010, 06:05 AM
Here are the requested information.
Thank you, Caesar! I'm glad that you have no secrets from colleagues (or anyone they want to be).
I think in [for?]my answer.

Caesar
11-13-2010, 09:08 AM
Thank You, dear Jasmine! The catalogue of types is far from complete and the world and different people such an interesting subject ....

You're welcome, dear Mike. I've no secret because I cannot stay in any definite strict procedure as far as it becomes complex and boring and You have to take too much care managing resources of any kind. I discovered anyway, for each tool, some settings and rough approach that fits me better and require much less changes and distraction from painting.
This is why I really have little to teach in a tutorial, whilst I try to learn from any tutorial even when I then do not apply that lesson.

Mike Severoff
11-13-2010, 09:34 AM
Dear Caesar!
Everything you write is clear to me.
I just wanted to visualize the scene in which you pishirte his canvases.
I still think so.:)

Caesar
11-13-2010, 10:39 AM
Mike, I don't know if this may be of further help.
I made a partial imaginary drawing where I used some effects and the relevant settings with more colors to better show.
I attach it here in two versions. The second one is just a copy I blended with Multiply to show darker and neater traits. I hope it's clear enough ....

steverino365
11-13-2010, 10:41 AM
Caesar you have a real gift for expressing the human form!!:D:D

Caesar
11-13-2010, 11:00 AM
Thank You, dear Steve! .. and here's an about 5 minutes rough Mike's Sketch (no tracing, measures etc., just a review of the Avatar).
It can obviously be made far better both as portrait and caricature, but just to demostrate the pencil ...

Mike Severoff
11-14-2010, 05:09 AM
Thank you, Caesar!
I will try as well.
About the equipment:
You draw a lot and often. And I must say very well. My impression that you are doing it every spare moment:)
And I was wondering, what you use (except for ArtRage, of course:))?
What do you have? -Laptop in your pocket or iPad? ;-)
That's all there :)
I also have 2 tablet - at home and at work. But lately I can not pay enough attention to favorite pastime:
-Work, kids, new Fallout:)

sabena
11-14-2010, 05:11 AM
Hi Caesar

Wonderful faces i like your work:)

jibes
11-14-2010, 05:33 AM
Very good Caesar! Some very interesting faces and explanations.

Sketchism71
11-14-2010, 07:07 AM
Excellent demonstration of the pencil tool along with a fantastic display of your talent! Well done Caesar!

Caesar
11-14-2010, 09:03 AM
Dear Mike, You're right! I do it i spare time and my works should either be speedy ones (drawings are very speedy exercises for me) or wait some sessions and in no case they may take mor than few hours as a total, also because my patience is limited and I aways have something else to paint or sketch.
Before AR I was drawing quite often, also with the pen during a meeting at work, because I can keep attention and can do anything else while I'm authomatically drawing, which is like driving. Once I gave a page full of drawing around the meeting minutes to an American collegue who appreciated them.
Anyway, since I'm not paid for my works I can hardly convince myself to look for perfection in any detail or develop a precise procedure to follow. I have a fixed PC both at home and office and a couple of laptops. I usually use one and one of them, because of my two kids taking the others and often leaving me with the worst one ...:D Best wishes for Your tries. I bet You'll come out with some fabulous drawing soon.

Thank You, dear Sabena! I started wondering whether I can make some little additional money as a freelancer for some comics, vignettes and illustrations. :rolleyes:

I hope You'll give a try to pencils too, dear Jibes! After all it's the first tool we usually learn first as very little kids ... So it was for me at least. Thank You!

You're so kind, dear Sketch! I'm pretty sure You experimented and were aware of pencils possibilities since some time. Thank You!

coops
11-14-2010, 09:39 AM
Great sketches Cesare its great to see them all together:)

justjean
11-14-2010, 09:50 AM
Caesar, a wonderful collection of great drawings, thanks for sharing :)

Caesar
11-14-2010, 10:13 AM
Thank You, dear Katie and Jean! I joined the all together because they were only little footprints of flashy ideas and doodling not destined to become an artwork, but possibly and hopefully still of some interest ....

Alexandra
11-14-2010, 10:16 AM
Always great work Cesare!

Caesar
11-14-2010, 11:42 AM
Thank You, dear Sandra!

damasocl
11-14-2010, 02:39 PM
Wonderful pictures and wonderful posts...!

Caesar
11-15-2010, 08:28 AM
Thank You, dear Damaso!

AT-TA
11-15-2010, 11:00 AM
Always interesting to look at your sketches,so keep them comming Caesar.

Caesar
11-15-2010, 09:19 PM
Thank You, dear Anna; maybe I'll keep them coming in little quantities, just not to annoy with these unfinished scribbles ....