Meet Orazio Arancio (i.e. how to draw a rugby player)

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As I came from Catania, I’m a bit “provincial”, inthe sense that I have a “small-town” mentality, (even if Catania is not so small), so I love to celebrate my fellow citizens who succeded in their activity. An example is Orazio Arancio, nicknamed “bimbo” (i.e. “baby”), who made the history of rugby playing in Amatori Catania for a decade and then taking the San Gregorio from nothing to the Super 10 (the maximum italian league), not before winning the title of Italian Champion with Treviso and traveling in Italy and abroad, then becoming a coach and eventually manager of the Italian Rugby Federation.

I don’t know why, but I remember him especially for a try with the National team that made him the first European to score against South Africa, also because Italy was the first selection to host the Springboks after the end of apartheid and the subsequent resumption of the International test matches. It was a match played in Rome on November 12, 1995  in which Italy made a great performance, considering the value of the opponent (who win 40-21).
Well, you can find more details about Orazio Arancio career and biography on Wikipedia, while an interview to “La Gazzetta dello sport” reveals why he is nicknamed “bimbo”.

I just want to show you the caricature portrait that I did one day that I wanted to train myself on a subject that required an aggressive pose and a gritty expression to the limits of evil.
You may like it or not, I like it (!) and, above all, I liked to draw it, even it was a hard work.

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How to add noise to a drawing (and why to do it)

How to add noise to a drawing

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In this post I will explain a simple way to make your drawings less flat and avoid the “cartoon” effect that in my opinion is not good for any style. For example, in my cartoon-style portraits, which are not too realistic but not too stylized, I always add a “noise” level to avoid too homogeneous areas. But what does it mean? How you do it? And is it always necessary? Continue reading to get answers to these questions.

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Being Giuseppe Mascara

Being Giuseppe Mascara

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Giuseppe Mascara is an Italian former football player, Wikipedia would say. I know him well because he played for a long time with Calcio Catania, my favourite football team. Just so, I’m a Calcio Catania supporter, what’s so strange? I fell in love with the Club in the 1984 and I never had any interest for any other team. I have already had a difficult childhood for this, so not you too, please. And put that eyebrow down…

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Lineart extraction made simple

Tutorial: lineart extraction made simple

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Digital conversion may ruin your drawing no matter how beautiful it is. But don’t worry: I wrote this tutorial to make you able obtaining by software a digital lineart even better that the one you drawn.
I define my drawing workflow as an “anlogic/digital” process. It starts with a pencil draft, than I perform the inking using a calligraphy pen or several markers of different size, I remove the pencil using an eraser and eventually I scan the drawing and I finish the process by software.

The latest phase starts with a crucial step, that is the lineart extraction. I’m going to explain you how I complete  this stage with small efforts using a graphic software.

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One more blog: it’s my blog!

First post in www.bantblog.it
I did it, in the end. I created this blog. I silenced that part of me saying that it would be better to wait, to study still a bit how to do it. If you are thinking that there was no need you are right. I need it more than you do, at least for the moment. I need it because I decided to learn how to draw and I want to keep track of my progress and what I learn. I need it because I like to write, and to write decently you have to exercise so much.
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