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Thread: Who likes pencil sketching?

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    Who likes pencil sketching?

    One side is the current ArtRage 4 pencil. The other side is... something else.

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    Which do you like best?


    edited for clarity. Dramatic effect ruined.
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    Depends what I'm doing. Both have a place I should think. Soft and smooth for more finished tonal drawing or a mechanical drawing, whereas quick and spontaneous human expression style would be the way to go with a coarser line and paper. The rougher the mark, the more it draws attention to itself, and the cleaner, the more it's about the subject being represented.

    And again there's a place for all those.

    Besides, why choose? Can't AR do all those and more by changing the settings on the tool and paper?
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    The two on the left look a tad artificial to me and the two on the right look more natural. I suppose one can say it can be dependent as to what type of surface the pencil is being drawn on and the amount pressure but still, the left looks a bit off with the very hard clamped texturing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sethren View Post
    The two on the left look a tad artificial to me and the two on the right look more natural. I suppose one can say it can be dependent as to what type of surface the pencil is being drawn on and the amount pressure but still, the left looks a bit off with the very hard clamped texturing.
    Aaand this is what I get for not checking the display when I zoom out. It's two separate images comparing the effects on different canvas textures I'll just go add a space to make that clear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D Akey View Post

    Besides, why choose? Can't AR do all those and more by changing the settings on the tool and paper?
    As I mentioned, I messed up the spacing, it's not meant to be a direct comparison of different papers But yes, you can certainly get the left hand result in ArtRage 4, but you definitely can't get the right hand result (unless you cheat and use SomeoneSane's sticker sprays of course, but they don't respond to canvas texture ;P ).


    Here's another teaser.

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    Oh my! This looks awesome.

    If I am not imaging this it looks something like subpixel processing of textures/ texture effects on media (spheres on the right).
    Can't tell if it's super sampling, super resolution, sub-pixel processing, anti-aliasing, or some kind of combination but really the effect is what is important and it looks awesome.

    I'm very excited to see this in the future! Teaser successful!

    Edit: Perhaps its a sophisticated blender applied afterward... which has advanced texture handling to produce the better results... in any case it looks good.
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    It's Andy's baby - well, it was, I've stolen it from him, it's mine now and I'm never giving it up - so he might be along to gush about the technical details. But I can tell you it's full adjustable, so you can scale the effect up and down. And I just cannot convey how nice it is to use (I may or may not have automatically started working left to right to avoid smudging lines - I do a lot of pencil art traditionally, and I've never really enjoyed working with ArtRage that way until now).

    This is one of my first test pictures, where I just experimented with various settings. Also pretty much sprained my hand trying to push the stylus through the tablet which is also a bad real life drawing habit of mine because my brain thought I was using real pencil

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    I still have my large set of unused berol brand colored pencils so if this could potentially be a very good replacement for that medium then fantastic.
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    Hi Hannah I do like your Mona but can I ask is these drawing done with your own

    fair hands or have you resort to trace a nasty habit to get into regards Ploos

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    Entirely non-traced

    (And it's not entirely a nasty habit, when you need a good outline quickly - I don't trace for my detailed pencil work because it's easier to go over all the tones by eye anyway, but it definitely has its place).
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