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Gallery: Greg Geisler

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Greg Geisler created this graphic self-portrait using a customized calligraphic brush. In the Brushes panel, Geisler double-clicked the default 3-pt round calligraphic brush, and for the Diameter settings, he changed Fixed to Pressure, and set Variation to 3 pt. Using a Wacom tablet and pressure-sensitive pen, he drew the facial outline, varying the stroke width as he changed his touch (directly above left). To block out planes of color within the face (such as the chin, beard, and cheek), he used the Pencil tool to draw color-filled irregular paths on separate layers. Each layer contained one of the many defining areas of color (Layers panel shown above right) for highlights, shadows, or texture. To create the frame, Geisler used the same bristle brush and a technique similar to the one developed in the previous lesson (shown below the artwork). For finishing touches, Geisler drew the bright blue squiggly lines with the Pencil tool.

Gallery: Janaína Cesar de Oliveira Baldacci

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Based on a photograph taken by Tatiana Bicalho, Baldacci captured the natural undulations of the fur and folds of her pet bulldog with bristle brushes. Baldacci first drew a white outline of the dog (against the black background) with the Pen tool and applied a Gaussian Blur effect. From the Brush Libraries menu (in the bottom left of the Brushes panel), Baldacci opened the Bristle Brush Library. She then chose a few bristle brushes that had varying characteristics in Paint Opacity, Bristle Stiffness, and Bristle Density, such as Round Fan, Flat Blunt, Flat Point, and Round Curve (a portion of her Brushes panel shown above). Baldacci then selected the Paintbrush tool (B), chose a bristle brush and a stroke color, and drew into the first of many layers (the image on the first layer is shown above in Preview and Outline modes). In layers above, she added greater definition and built the fur in stages based on color, such as white, gray, and highlights. On the uppermost layers she added the snout, eye details, and additional layers of fur until the portrait was complete.

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