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02-23-2005, 02:20 PM


Welcome to ART Fundamentals week at the Daily Sketch forum.
The idea is to go back and practice core skills for one week.


Quote from Code Nothing:

"Use a single light source and multiple objects. arrange the objects so that they cast shadows over one another. The focus in this sketch is to show the difference between form shadows (a shadow that is soft and is on the "dark" side of the object. like the moon) and a Cast Shadow (a shadow that is sharp, and came "from" an object and is now laying cast accross another one.)"

Check out these links below for reference purposes:


The rules....

Welcome to the cgtalk sketch group.

We will try to post one of these topics once a day for your enjoyment.

These are the rules:
* Post only your FINAL piece on this thread, based on the topic on the thread.
* 640 x 480 / 480 x 640 OR 800 x 600 /600 x 800
* They can be done on any medium.
* If you wish, you can add a brief text description about your piece.
* Only original compositions. No "tributes" or plagiarizing.
* The topics will be posted every day between 10:00 - 12:00 am US EST.
* The artist also has to post total length of time it took (Thanks Clanger for the idea) and program used.
* Only final pieces can be posted on the thread. They must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.
* Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.
* The topics will be picked at random from the list on this thread
(The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
*You can add multiple entries, but please dont post WIP (Unless you intend to update them). NEW RULE!
* Ill post ANOTHER thread to quantify and track WHO has participated the most on these threads.

Good luck

PS To submit your topic ideas and suggestions go to this thread:
>>Link<< (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=145003&perpage=15&pagenumber=1)

02-23-2005, 04:03 PM
I love those reference links. Quite informative. Those are savers in the ol' fave folder.

02-23-2005, 04:26 PM
Just found out about your new job CodeNothing, congratulations!

02-23-2005, 06:08 PM
hi all!
I agree, the links are simply great and have helped me a lot with this one.
Iīm very happy with the results althought as someone said... I still have got a long way to go :)
my mafia version... it is supposed to be a very thoughtful man, could be the police or the mafia chief, he can be listening to some important news


almost forget... around 40 minutes with tablet+photoshop


congratulations codenothing!

02-23-2005, 07:17 PM
Very fast sketch. Havenīt had much time to sketch these days... My brother is in the town and he praticly stole the computer from me... So sad i did not participate at the Avatar fight club. Would love to kick some of yours arse, haha!

Anyway, 10 min, photoshop, mouse:


Alex Worthy
02-23-2005, 07:20 PM
Ohh, the mafia is a nice shadowy topic.


This guy has some concrete slippers, and judging by the floor, that's probably a pizzaria. I did this one all in photoshop. About 45 minutes maybe.

edit> ehhh, you got some form shadows on the guys legs there. And you cans see some nice cast shadows demonstrated on the blocks an the floor. capiche?

02-23-2005, 08:07 PM
Mafia...photoshop 3h wacom

I'm geting better but much more to learn...


02-23-2005, 08:34 PM
A quick sketch done in 15 minutes
just with pencil/paper/scanner
enough shadows? ;o)


02-23-2005, 08:54 PM
Mafia types. With black shadows. I love painting those :D
Photoshop, about 1.5 hrs.


02-23-2005, 09:00 PM
@ jeroentje: very nice shading!

hopefully i might have time tomorrow to color this..
Photoshop 7, approx 1 hour

http://img223.exs.cx/img223/7112/shadowstudymafia3pb.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

02-23-2005, 09:04 PM
Great sketch jeroentje, i love it!

theres mine. lot to improve...
Painter&Wacom, 1 hour aprox.

02-23-2005, 09:09 PM
Photoshop, 50 minutes.


02-23-2005, 10:11 PM
But this was not easy for me! It's tough trying to get JUST the right look. http://www.k-squared.com/kelli/Sketches/shadows.jpg

02-23-2005, 10:15 PM
sketchy...sketchy...30 min painter.

http://img177.exs.cx/img177/2380/jailedncondamned2gq.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

02-23-2005, 10:42 PM
1.5 h, wacom, painter & ps


best wishes

02-23-2005, 10:52 PM
Wow!:eek: Things have been happening since I last checked in. Great work guys! I was going to post the universal cliche godfather but I changed my mind - I rather watch!;)

matman - I really like the simplicity in yours. It works.

02-23-2005, 10:53 PM
michele, salamander, good to see you guys back!
michele, she is sweet!
jeroen, wicked portrait, nice shadows.

02-23-2005, 10:58 PM
Shadow Study: Mafia
OpenCanvas, Wacom, About 30 minutes, with photoref (http://www3.telus.net/textures/images/brando_godfather.jpg)

Good subject to get some practice in. Nice work everyone.

02-23-2005, 11:23 PM
1 Hour / Photoshop / Wacom Intuos3


Inspired by a scene from the film noir movie "Fallen Angel."

02-23-2005, 11:29 PM
got bored though I started with 5 guys around the table playing cards...
but that just got out of control - hehe...
So here he is - Slim Jim and pretty upset about something maybe
for his small hat...I don't know...

very good enries everyone!
PS, wacom about 1 hour maybe more - lost track...

02-23-2005, 11:40 PM
Great work everyone.
Here is my ever so humble contribution.

http://img17.exs.cx/img17/8483/thelist5is.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)
Painter - 1 hour

02-23-2005, 11:46 PM
Supervlieg - Nice portrait

Lots of cool moody shadowy work here.

Mine - Photoshop - Wacom - A couple hours.

02-23-2005, 11:55 PM
great sketches !

this fundamentals is getting the best out of us
Crazy3dman, I love your sketch, it has the mood and... not a sole bloody blotch in the suit, of course :thumbsup:

(hope this means what I meant to say)

02-24-2005, 12:04 AM
great sketches !

this fundamentals is getting the best out of us
Crazy3dman, I love your sketch, it has the mood and... not a sole bloody blotch in the suit, of course :thumbsup:

(hope this means what I meant to say)
Thanks a lot - and of course - I think the first thing they learn is not to get any blood on the suit :D

02-24-2005, 12:25 AM
PS 6.1
21 minutes

Nobody said what mafia. Yay for Asian mafia :D

02-24-2005, 12:58 AM
Shadow Study: Mafia

OpenCanvas, Wacom, About 30 minutes, with photoref (http://www3.telus.net/textures/images/brando_godfather.jpg)

Good subject to get some practice in. Nice work everyone.

Great work Supervlieg. I was wondering if you have the server space and the time to start posting your WPE file with every openCanvas job. I've learnt a heap from you in the past just by watching them.:)

02-24-2005, 01:04 AM
who said insects don't have mafias


Photoshop + Scanner.

Approx. 30 - 1h

02-24-2005, 01:44 AM
too much violence in this thread.
he's called Mafia, his father 's name is Don Corleone
2 hours Photoshop


the soft shadows made me think about fluffy kittens,...

02-24-2005, 02:21 AM
Hey guys, how's everything?

Too slow this time I'll finish it later though. It's supposed to be a guy handcuffed to a chair in a basement (before a nice beating)
about three hours up until now...


Supervlieg: Nice I really like the small strokes, makes cool texture

Daw: Nice folds on the fabric

Crunktastic: Simple. Excellent.

crazy3dman: i really like it, nice composition using light

Jeroentje: Nice sepia tones!

Xillion: the shadows on the skull look great

02-24-2005, 03:40 AM
My attempt at an Al Pacino look-alike:

About 1.5 hrs in painter
from reference (http://back.boom.ru/Celebrities/Human/A/Al_Pacino_001.jpg)

02-24-2005, 04:57 AM
Tony Soprano. From Suprano poster reference. Painter 1/2 hour.http://www.acay.com.au/~waylie/soprano.jpg

02-24-2005, 05:03 AM
i have come to the realization that i really don't know much about mafia...like who's who and such...and never seen the Godfather or anything... oh well, i don't really have time to sketch today anyways

02-24-2005, 05:23 AM

Mafia, (well, kind of....)
Acrylic paint on illustration board
1 hour.

well i didnt realy have a chance to get any mafia reference from the net today, but mabie big boy was in the mafia? :D For those who dont know he is a hamburger resturante Icon here in america. but mostly on the east coast. I got a little big boy statue when i was 5 and i just decided he made interesting shadows.

02-24-2005, 05:52 AM
Ah yes. Big Boy - The Don of the east coast food service industry. :D

02-24-2005, 08:04 AM
Art2: thanks :)
-zzz-: pic not showing (not on my browser anyways)
crazy3dman: very neat colors!

02-24-2005, 08:36 AM
Crazy3dman, fcint: Thanks

Erilaz: Yeah I was lazy, so I didnt post the WPE. I'll post em again in the future. Glad you can learn from them :)

SteveV: Nice job, I like the dynamic light bouncing of the skin. Very nice.

02-24-2005, 08:45 AM
michele, salamander, good to see you guys back!
thanks Art2, glad to be back, though i'm afraid it'll be not for long. I'm quite busy, but i hope, i can do a few sketches on the weekends at least... :)
have fun and keep up your excellent work!

best wishes to the whole sketchgroup
with kind regards

02-24-2005, 09:27 AM
40 min Photoshop

02-24-2005, 10:17 AM

See, I can't even say that.:sad:


Anyway, here is mine:


Cheapest pencil, worst paper, color distorted on PhotoPaint:). About 15 minutes.

02-24-2005, 10:37 AM

45 mins, photoshop + wacom

02-24-2005, 11:13 AM
the pyjama and sheets gave me a headache. So it took a little longer. Overall, it was a good shadow study! =) By the way, good work guys! http://img170.exs.cx/img170/5882/mafia7za.jpg


02-24-2005, 01:44 PM
Vitriolic, cool big dude you did :thumbsup:

jånnis: what is the black figure
and every1

02-24-2005, 02:19 PM
I was hoping it didnt need much description. This is a famous scene from Scorsese's trilogy
"the Godfather". I'm sorry if the decapitated head of the horse looks too "roasted".

02-24-2005, 05:32 PM
SoniaNotRed, thanx for your encouraging comment, i would like to see your sketch, cliched or not, dont dub to post it anyway!

SteveV and CodeNothing, awesome sketches you two.

02-24-2005, 08:15 PM
:eek: great great entries in this one! specially those portraits... I find it hard to draw a face inventing it, so making it look like someone that already exists seems almost impossible to me...
anyway, even if I'm a day late with this one, I think that shadows are one of my weakest points, I don't have much time but I wanted to do this one instead of just reading those links Roberto posts (they are great help!:thumbsup: )...
so here it is:
Photoshop, too much time (2h+ probably)
I wanted to try that thing of just using a small size hard brush, and at the end I quickly added some colour to bring some life to it...

02-25-2005, 03:16 AM
You've got some nice paintings here, especially...SteveV, Vitriolic, crazy3dman is great, Supervlieg...

Here's mine. I know I'm a little late, but I started it on Wed. but havn't been able to get back on the computer until now.
Photoshop/Wacom and Pencil/Paper.
Probably 3 hours put together. Reference used.

http://img228.exs.cx/img228/3302/ds263mafia28nu.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us/)

02-25-2005, 03:21 AM
Thanks Aedilhum - Nice image you've done. The lighting and shadow is very convincing.

02-25-2005, 03:55 AM
Alright, alright...how could it possibly be original at this point, but....here's mine...
(40min) PhotoshopCS (wacom, no reference)

02-25-2005, 04:15 AM
That's awesome Taron333!

I want to do something for this topic, but not sure if I'll have the time.

02-25-2005, 04:22 AM
Taron333 - thats just perfect - I love the depth in it :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

02-25-2005, 04:30 AM
Taron333 - Thany's right AWESOME

02-25-2005, 04:42 AM
I agree, great style you have going there Taron333.

02-25-2005, 05:06 AM
Guys, wow, I'm kinda shocked about so many reactions so quickly...THANX A LOT!!! :buttrock:

I was really in the mood to do this sketch and felt like: GREAT, finally a quick little carricature without many worries other than light and shadow! Really loads of fun! :bounce:

I guess I'm mainly just incredibly intimidated by Enayla's stuff, yet, I feel like a liberated fool, because I can do what I want since I consider it rather impossible to get to her painting level...and that's just great! SO NOW, I simply let go....and it's very comforting...hehehe...
(of course, secretly I'm going crazy fishing for enough revelations to understand what on earth makes it so beautiful...darned....) :wip:

Anyway, thanx guys! I'm flattered!

02-25-2005, 06:45 PM
Actually really really late I started this the day of but didn't finish till now. 2 hours Photoshop. No ref. Inspired by a stahlberg painting


hmmmm oops forgot eye brows.

02-25-2005, 07:37 PM
I really hate this sketch, but I also really wanted to do somethin' for this topic. Anyway, time to move on. Photoshop about a couple of hours, I think.


02-25-2005, 07:59 PM
A bit aggressive, yet, it really shows some light study, but what I generally found in most of the sketches is, that they didn't really make this clear distinction between surface shading and drop shadows....mostly the dropshadows fell a bit shy. I mean, obviously you have them in there, but they are kind of wooven in in such a way that they don't become as obvious as a study would suggest. I dunno...might be wrong, actually...but it's just what it feels like to me. Still a great style as usual! Congrats! :applause:

02-25-2005, 08:10 PM
Taron - have no fear...you are just as excellent as Enayla, but in a different style! You are one of the artists on this board that I greatly admire their work. Just keep on painting, I'm lovin' it!

Jared - YOWZA! I've been watching your work too...most excellent! Fantastic!

02-25-2005, 09:37 PM
robinayles. Thanks a lot, I don't do enough quick daily drawing, so this sketch board is a good thing to keep me on track.

02-25-2005, 10:36 PM
Hi you lot!

Some great pics on this thread. Taron, I love the character you've done there son! It's good to see your style back again...

Anyway, it's late I know but I couldn't pass on the chance to draw a gangster pic...

This is just a quickie (by my standards anyway) and took about an hour on and off...


The Ton

02-27-2005, 11:09 PM
My low quality free host is dead, as it usually is, so I'm using Deviant art... Hope you don't mind.
Click here to see (http://www.deviantart.com/view/15593575/)

03-03-2005, 05:29 AM
im voting for Jeroentje here, it just had alot of feeling to it, not just "a guy in the shadows", but "THE guy in the shadows" kinda thing

taron333 was a CLOSE second tho

03-04-2005, 10:22 PM
Crazy3DMan - Weird! I did a drawing in the EXACT same pose as yours 3 years ago when I was in art school! My comments: Your proportions need some tweaking. (and the neck on mine could've been shortened by a lot, haha)


03-05-2005, 02:53 AM
Nurbed - Bizarro. That is really wierd. Great minds think alike I guess. :)

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