Here are a couple of studies done last year. I wanted to see just how realistic a look I could get with the pencil tools in Corel Painter.
The first is a working portrait of Rosario Dawson. I never finished it, but you get the idea. Click on the picture to see a larger version.
As you can see, the tools are pretty convincing. The paper texture can even be seen through the shading. All it needs is a few smudges from handling the paper and it could probably pass for real. The image was done entirely digitally using my Intuos 4 tablet and Painter’s “Real HB & 2B Pencils.”
I also played around with Painter’s Charcoals for this portrait of George Carlin. The best part was when I was done, there was no mess!