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Pen Rendering Techniques by MissNysha Pen Rendering Techniques by MissNysha
Edit:See this same pumpkin painted in acrylic here! [link]

The second assignment in my Science Illustration class!

This time it's taking one subject of our choice (yay pumpkins!), and drawing and rendering it in different pen styles, to see which one(s) we prefer. The bottom 4 are digital simulations of the traditional techniques, made in Illustrator.

Do you have one you prefer? :D Of course these styles can also be combined in a drawing as well - to get a mixture of effects.

Art copyright me. For display only. Please do not use without my permission. However, you're free to use it as a personal reference guide!
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Randioli Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
LOVE
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quarbby Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Nice! Thanks for teaching :) 
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MissNysha Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D Glad it could help!
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chill13 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For the pumpkin I prefer the hatching. With all the lines following each other it makes it look smooth and just a little shiny. Although I usually use crosshatching. Occasionally, when I want a really smooth gradiant transition (like on a face) I like stippling.

These are a wonderful reference. Reminds you of your options.
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DigitalDreams-Art Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much
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LiBoggs Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really easy to understand and see your thought process in a clean environment. Thank you so much for posting this. I struggle with pen rendering techniques and this has given me some inspiration on how make my work look better! You are an excellent teacher.
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm really glad you found it helpful! It was an exercise in my class so I thought why not show others the same thing? :D I actually like it the most when several styles are combined in a single drawing. Good luck in your endeavors!
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LiBoggs Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!
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OmShanti108 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Nicely Illustrated!!
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Phearo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I can't find the method I use here.. (It's like this incredible smooth effect with the pen, I don't exactly know how I do it, but I could never recreate it digitally.)
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Piyoooo13 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Student
Cross hatching traditional ink! >u< Your good at rendering!
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D Lots of people like cross hatching it seems!
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Piyoooo13 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student
Yesss :D Cross hatching is cool though haha :)
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the cross hatching traditional one the best, I think. Organized line chaos. :D It's nice seeing different techniques side by side.
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
"Organized line chaos"! Hehe interesting description. :D I left out the "eyelashing" technique though (used a lot in medical illustrations) - it's a bit too hard for me to make smooth/straight lines like that. XP
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I've never heard of the 'eyelashing' technique, but I'm sure I've seen it. I must look it up now. :D
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Pg 127-129 of our textbook here: [link]

:D
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aah, neat, thanks!
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lazunov Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Wow, Great!
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was gonna ask what sort of pen you used and I think it states it. I just bought a pen set, without ink, not sure I have the money right now, but I wanna try ink and pen or whatever you call it. I wanna be able to do very thin lines all the way up to very thick
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ah, yeah I used a crowquill for the first 3 and a Pigma micron pen for the stipple. The nib I used for the crowquill is a Hunt 102. It can make thin lines up to thick lines as you use more pressure. :)
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if you're able, take a look at the pic of my pen set I posted, tell me what you think, if it's any good. I haven't opened it and COULD take it back if needs be. It cost 20.
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Elderweiss Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student General Artist
oh my god this is so helpful~ thaaaanks!
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Zorrowl Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you! Very helpful~! :D
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
:3 Glad you like it!
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derfs Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
This reminds me of the final assignment I had in an illustration course. The whole class had to do the same image (a burger) in: watercolor, pen and ink, scratch board, color pencil and cut paper. Interesting to see how everyone used each medium.
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sounds like quite the project! It is very interesting to see everyone's different styles, yes. :D
Thanks for the comment!
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derfs Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Your welcome :)
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potiron02 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
^^i love it !
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AshyIggybrows Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting. I've never heard of the stipple method before, I'll give it a go!
I still prefer the hatching + cross hatching techniques though, I like the effect they have~
Thank you for making this C8
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Glad you like! :D Stipple takes the longest though! About 2-3 times as long as it takes to do the others. I agree that it looks really cool when done, but it takes a lot of patience because you have to know where to evenly space most of the dots.
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AshyIggybrows Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, okay. Thank you for the advice. :D
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snicklefritz500 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, it is eerie how digital replicates everything so flawlessly. I have to say my favorite would be the traditional pens to the digital pens. Its classic feel to me that I love.
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah traditional art has that "raw" human touch to it that is attractive (that digital art doesn't quite have). Especially when you can see the originals up close! :D Thanks for the comment!
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vicky-the-squirrel Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Traditional ink ways are my favourite. ^^ Stipples look great, but it takes a lot of time.
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
It does take a long time - about 2-3 times as long for me to finish it compared to the others. Coquille board (aka stipple board) is a faster alternative (because you can shade with black pencil) with a similar looking effect. :D
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vicky-the-squirrel Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I've never heard about that type of paper. o.o
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White-Heron Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Oh wow, the traditional hatching looks awesome! But I'm also impressed by how much the digital tool hatching looks like a traditional one. If you compare them side by side, there are obvious differences, but you wouldn't know otherwise if you saw that on its own. How fast or slow is digital hatching compared to traditional hatching?
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Hmm actually they are pretty similar, visually and in execution, because they have the same stroke motions basically. I took about 30 min to do the traditional one, and it was pretty quick to do it digitally as well. However with a tablet, there is a delay/lag in some strokes so the digital one takes some more tweaking to fine-tune it. So I would say it's just as fast, but depending on how much you want to be "perfect" it can take longer to edit it later. XD For example, I added a layer of white hatching on top of some black areas, and another layer for gray hatching too, just for something extra. :)
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White-Heron Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
That's pretty fast! Really nice pumpkins by the way. :D
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BigTPotts Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
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fangPS Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
w-o-w
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azureastra7 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
I'm supposed to like this . WHY?
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BlackBirdyPoe Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always liked stipple, but it takes forever.
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Indeed. XD It took me about 3 times as long to finish the stipple pumpkin compared to the others. Coquille board (stipple board) is the "faster" way to emulate stipple.
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BlackBirdyPoe Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember having to do a Christmas stocking with ornaments all in stipple. Not difficult on a simple line drawing, but stippling was... grah!!! ADD doesn't help either. You get frustrated doing one thing over and over.
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Whoa that sounds pretty complicated already! XD How many hours did that take?
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BlackBirdyPoe Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I honestly don't remember. It was back in the fall of 2009. It was for my Art I class and I took great pride in it because mine was the best! Or at the very least, the most detailed. We weren't supposed to take our art out of class to work on it, but I always did because I had ADD and it took me forever to do stuff.
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hehe, I think I would have brought mine home too in that case as well! Or at least come in later for "open studio" to work on it after class. I'm happy yours turned out the best! :D
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BlackBirdyPoe Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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