# tim von rueden

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## Exercise 46: Pencil Hardness

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

Pencil labels, numbers, and letters can be confusing and overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. This exercise makes it clear what the difference between “B” pencils and “H” pencils is.

Let’s break it down:

• HB is the center point on the hardness spectrum. What this means: the higher the number, the further from the center point, HB.
• H stands for the hardness of the pencil. The higher the H-number, the lighter the result.
• B stands for the “blackness” (or commonly also “softness”) of the pencil. The higher the B-number, the darker the result

How can you remember this? I like to remember that B stands for how “Bold” the result will be: a 9B will have a much bolder and darker result than a 3B pencil.

What does this mean in practice? No matter how hard you push a 6H pencil, you won’t achieve the same result that your 6B pencil will.

Note: if you ever see just a “B” on the pencil, it’s the same thing as “1B” and same for “H” is the same thing as “1H”.

## CGC Concept  Twitch Stream -  How Light Affects Color!

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

## Stream starts at 2PM CST HERE!

Last week I did a fundamental livestream on blending and using that to create form. I was asked to do another one similar to a basics tutorial but this time on Light and Color. So I asked my friend Frederick (the duck) if he could help us out today for the stream and he agreed! I will go over how light affects color and really focus on the colors within the shadow and light areas to point out the subtle differences. Color is something that takes a lot of practicing and experimenting with so doing simple tests like these are great!

See you in the stream and let me know if there are any other fundamental streams you would like to see!

Stream question of the day: What pokemon do you want to see me paint live as part of this demo?

(Last week we did Magikarp and he was a real splash so this week we’re doing another to celebrate our #Pokecontest going on now!)

## CGC Concept  Twitch Stream - Pencil Hardness!

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

## Stream starts at 2PM CST HERE!

On Monday I created a tutorial time-lapse for an upcoming exercise on using pencils, each with a different hardness. There is a huge difference between the H and B pencils so while it was a fun experiment working between them I thought it would be a great stream to show the process. Because I believe it’s important to understand the difference between each. So this week became a traditional stream as I will draw using all three and then doing a pokémon to celebrate the contest going on now HERE.

Stream question of the day: What pokemon do you want to see me paint live as part of this demo?

(Last week we did Psyduck and the week before we did Magikarp and so this week we’re doing another to celebrate our #Pokecontest going on now!)

CoCo Livestream - Back To Basics - 8.27.2014
Livestream today at 2PM CST(-5GMT) on value shading the latest exercise on basic shapes HERE
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Cumulus Clouds Reference by Tim Von Rueden

Check out our tips, tricks, and techniques on creating the “puffy” clouds for your environment or illustrations pieces HERE.

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Exercise 29: Back to Basics

It has been requested, and I agree that we need to take a look at the basics in this value shading exercise! Check it out and download the practice sheet HERE.

Livestream today at 2PM CST(-5GMT)

Come join in today as I will shade and color an older sketch i came across and talk about what i’ve learned since then!

Livestream HERE

Livestream Results!

Thanks to everyone that came to our stream with Vonn and Sycra! Next week we will back at our normal time!

Livestream HERE

About an hour till the livestream! Tonight we are doing our show with guest artist, Sycra! Come hangout, ask questions, and hopefully learn something in the process!

Here is my initial sketch for my doodle on the theme of “blue hair”

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The site manager and concept artist for a digital art tutorial site called Concept Cookie. If you are interested in learning digital art, this site is meant to provide digital artists with tutorials, resources, references, feedback, and insight to help them grow as an artist.
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Exercise: Character Sketching
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