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Exercise 46: Pencil Hardness

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

Check out the Exercise and Download the Practice Sheet HERE.

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!)

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