CgTalk Daily Sketch 263:THE FUNDAMENTALS 003: Shadow Study: Mafia




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.
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    (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!
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Good luck

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I love those reference links. Quite informative. Those are savers in the ol’ fave folder.


Just found out about your new job CodeNothing, congratulations!


hi all!
I agree, the links are simply great and have helped me a lot with this one.
I´m very happy with the results althought as someone said… I still have got a long way to go :slight_smile:
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!


Very fast sketch. Haven´t 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:


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?


Mafia…photoshop 3h wacom

I’m geting better but much more to learn…


A quick sketch done in 15 minutes
just with pencil/paper/scanner
enough shadows? ;o)


Mafia types. With black shadows. I love painting those :smiley:
Photoshop, about 1.5 hrs.


@ jeroentje: very nice shading!

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


Great sketch jeroentje, i love it!

theres mine. lot to improve…

Painter&Wacom, 1 hour aprox.


Photoshop, 50 minutes.


But this was not easy for me! It’s tough trying to get JUST the right look.


sketchy…sketchy…30 min painter.


1.5 h, wacom, painter & ps

best wishes


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!:wink:

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


michele, salamander, good to see you guys back!
michele, she is sweet!
jeroen, wicked portrait, nice shadows.


Shadow Study: Mafia

[color=gray]OpenCanvas, Wacom, About 30 minutes, with photoref

Good subject to get some practice in. Nice work everyone.[/color]


1 Hour / Photoshop / Wacom Intuos3

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


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…