New Brush Packs from Corel Painter


Hey Y’all,

Here is something really new.  I just noticed that Corel Painter has a new product available, Brush Packs.  There are nine different brush packs created by professionals in specific fields.  All look very interesting.

Don’t have Painter 2015, no problem, six of the sets are compatible with Painter X3 and 12.  Three of the sets are particle brushes and those, of course, are not compatible with versions earlier than 2015.

I haven’t downloaded and played with any of the brushes, but I will.  I’m reviewing them now to decide what I want to buy.  There is a watercolor set; I must have those. :)  I am very curious about the Particle sets, so I am sure I will try one of those.

OK…go check the New Brush Packs out.  As soon as I download one and give it a try, I’ll let you know what I think.

New Brush Packs for Corel Painter

New Brush Packs for Corel Painter

Enjoy,

Skip

Working with a Very Wet Watercolor Variant in Corel Painter 2015


Hello Everyone,

I am still tweaking my new watercolor variants, but I decided that I would share a few brushes with you and even a couple of watercolor papers.  One of the brushes, Skip’s Real Water, actually flows almost like traditional watercolor, but unfortunately, it does require a lot of computer power to render in a timely fashion.  I will explain more later in the Tutorials at the end of the post.

As you know Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker‘s class about Contemporary Japanese Ink Painting is underway at the Digital Art Academy.  I have followed the class and have enjoyed seeing everyone’s work and creating a few pieces myself.  I used my new brushes to create these pieces.

In the first example from the class, I made the chops in the upper right corner.  I downloaded the calligraphy from one of the sites that will translate your name.  I hope it is my name; I really don’t know.  The square chop has my name placed in the four corners, but you cannot read it…sigh.  Karen gives us a few pointers in the class and I made better chops later.

Lonely Pine, Corel Painter 2015 Watercolor, Skip Allen

Lonely Pine, Corel Painter 2015 Watercolor, Skip Allen

My second image continued with the same theme.

Life, Watercolor in Corel Painter 2015, Skip Allen

Life, Watercolor in Corel Painter 2015, Skip Allen

The chops were my two again, but I added some chops provided by Karen that mean Yin Yang, Hope, and Learn from Nature.

Next, I tried my hand at creating a new chop.  I do not believe I created one that is intensely personal or spiritual; I need to try again.  Here are my two attempts.

Watercolor in Sumi-e style with my chop, Corel Painter 2015, Skip Allen

Watercolor in Sumi-e style with my chop, Corel Painter 2015, Skip Allen

I like the soft feel of this painting, and the linear quality is very important to me.  I made pots for nearly 3 decades and my surface decorations were always linear.  The chop is also linear.  I do have my name in English running up the right side.  The S is at the bottom and the P is at the top.  It is kind of strange, right?  The second chop is identical, but I used my name in calligraphy.

Strong Bamboo, Watercolor in Corel Painter 2015 with my chop, Skip Allen

Strong Bamboo, Watercolor in Corel Painter 2015 with my chop, Skip Allen

THE TUTORIALS:

OK, would you like to see how I did the above images?  I hope so.  In this first video, I mainly talk about the brushes used and paper and flow maps play an important part.  Actually, the brushes are useless without proper manipulations of the paper and flow maps.  The Expressions settings are also very important.  For instance, I may use Pressure or Velocity as an Expression.  If I do, then you need to have your brush tracking or brush calibration set properly for your hand.  Otherwise, you will not get the same look and feel that I get.  Also, I use a Wacom Art Pen almost exclusively.  The Art Pen allows barrel rotation, meaning you can rotate the pen in your fingers and get the same look and feel of a traditional flat brush.  If you are using a Grip Pen, then the brush will remain rigid…it will not twirl as you see mine do.  For more information go to Art Pens.

Video 1: Tips and Tricks, Corel Painter 2015, Wet Watercolor

After the first video, I decided to paint a piece similar to the ones done in class and capture the experience for you.  It wasn’t that easy.  Some tutorials are easy, and then others are full of challenges.  I actually made two complete sets of tutorials.  I had so much difficulty with the first set that I remade the videos.  There is a lot of stuff in the first set that might be useful, so I may post it anyway.  I haven’t decided, yet.

OK…here is the painting that I created in the tutorials.

Isolation, Watercolor in Corel Painter 2015, Skip Allen

Isolation, Watercolor in Corel Painter 2015, Skip Allen

Before I actually start painting, I usually create a paper layer.  I like seeing the paper texture; it makes me think I am actually painting on paper.  Check out how I do it in this video.

After I created the paper texture, I started the painting.  Using three layers, I painted the sky and mountains.

In the next video, I added another mountain and the isolated tree.  Establishing the focal point was crucial.  I did this as someone from the West.  The Asian focal point is very different, I believe.

In the last video, I place a texture over the image.  The texture came from Media Militia.  This is an incredible free resource of textures.  On their website they state: “All of our resources are free for personal and commercial use. We put a lot of time and energy into creating them. If you found something useful, help us out by making a donation. Even a donation of a buck helps pay for the crazy bandwidth costs. Thank you!”  If you do go to their site and download materials, do donate.  The service offered is well worth a donation and it is so helpful to get them.  I seldom get donations, but when I do, it’s delightful.  It is so rewarding and inspires me to produce more.  Plus, it helps with expenses.  When you donate to Media Militia, think about donating here, too.

That was the last video.  I give the brushes, papers, and flow maps used, except those from Tim Shelbourne, in the following link.

PLEASE NOTE: I made the tools (brushes, flow maps, and papers) in Corel Painter 2015, and they are not compatible with other versions.  Do not install in earlier versions.  If I get many requests for an earlier version set , I’ll produce and post it.

Get the tools here:

https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRRNHArUzdTSUJFQmNUQw

I have decided not to post the other videos.  I may change my mind later, but the image was pretty awful.  In a week or two, I’ll check them again and see if the information is valid and would be helpful to you.  If so, I’ll post them

Enjoy,

Skip

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Open Studio Starts Saturday at Digital Art Academy


Hey Friends,

Spring Open Studio starts Saturday at the Digital Art Academy.  The instructor is Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker, and the topic is Contemporary Japanese Ink Paintings.  Registration closes Friday, March 27, 2015…so hurry and register before it is too late.  The course will include a custom brush category, paper textures, overlays and reference materials.  Karen provides video and PDFs, plus moderates and comments on all student work.

I’m excited about anything that talks about watercolor in painter and this class focuses on it.  Karen talks about flow maps, watercolors, selections, and demos tons of new brushes.  Check out the following work by Karen.  This is the type of work demonstrated in the class.

I love that the images also have a Sumi-e feel to them.

Finch on Bamboo, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2015

Finch on Bamboo, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2015

The textured backgrounds are wonderful.

Landscape with Growth Effect, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2015

Landscape with Growth Effect, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2015

Of course I love anything with flowers.

Orchids in a Pot, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2015

Orchids in a Pot, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2015

 

OK, I can’t stand it.  I had to do a practice one.  I used a new brush of mine and a texture overlay.  Loads of fun, but I can’t wait to learn Karen’s new techniques.

Practice Sumi-e Style, Skip Allen, Corel Painter 2015

Practice Sumi-e Style, Skip Allen, Corel Painter 2015

Don’t miss this class, Contemporary Japanese Ink Painting, at the Digital Art Academy.  Registration closes Friday…hurry and register.

See you there,

Skip

Painter 2015 – Hot Fix 1 Released for PC Users…This Is NOT For Mac Users.


Hello Friends,

If you are working in Windows on a PC, then Corel Painter has released a hot fix that corrects the problem with NET Framework 4.5.2.  Again, if you are using a Mac, this fix isn’t necessary and you should ignore this post.

PC users should have gotten an automatic notification that the fix has downloaded and requests installation.  If you didn’t, then go to Patches and Updates and download the Painter 2015 – Hot Fix.  Save it on your computer and then double-click the saved file to install it.

Enjoy,

Skip

Mixing Colors With Watercolor Variant in Corel Painter 2015


Hello Everyone,

I love mixing colors…traditionally or digitally.  There is something so wonderful about looking at colors as they develop.  I have to admit, I haven’t been completely happy with Corel Painter’s mixer pad.  It does a good job, I’m not saying that, but I have difficulty with it.  I’ve seen others mix lots of colors beautifully with it.  And, there are some who never use it at all.  While making my latest set of watercolor brushes, I noticed that some mixed colors better than the mixer pad.  I started testing and actually went back to the default Watercolor category in Painter 2015 and started using Watery Glazing Flat variant to mix colors directly in the document.  I bet other transparent glazing type variants would work as well, but I haven’t tried them.

The transparent character of watercolor variants allows the paint to mix optically, which is why it is so beautiful in my opinion.  It is possible to mix very vibrant colors, too, but I was going for more subtle combinations of soft colors.  This image is a mix of Phthalo Blue Green, Cadmium Yellow Deep, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson.  This one is the most vibrant of the ones that I did today.

Watercolor mix using Phthalo Blue Green, Cadmium Yellow Deep, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Watercolor mix using Phthalo Blue Green, Cadmium Yellow Deep, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson

The next two examples are definitely more subtle and softer.  I love the grayed feel of the colors.  The top three rows are French Ultramarine, Aureolin, and Permanent Carmine.  The last three rows are Phthalo Blue Green, Quinacridone Gold, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson.  I am so attracted to these types of colors.  I know this is a personal thing, but they do seem luscious to me.

Watercolor mixes.  First three rows are French Ultramarine, Aureolin, and Permanent Carmin.  The last three rows are Phthalo Blue Green, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, and Quinacridone Gold.

Watercolor mixes. First three rows are French Ultramarine, Aureolin, and Permanent Carmin. The last three rows are Phthalo Blue Green, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, and Quinacridone Gold.

OK…want to know how to do this type of color mixing.  It really is easy. In the first video, I start using Corel Painter’s mixer pad.  It is fine and I get good color, but when I switch to mixing the same colors with a watercolor variant, I get many more choices…and I think better choices.  But, judge for yourself.

In the second video, I mix three colors in one area using the watercolor variant.  Then I sample the colors created.  It is pretty cool.  To alter any color, I can simply add more color to an area.  That is hard to explain.  Watch the video.

In part 3, I again use three colors painted inside of a selection.  But this time, I drop the layer to the canvas layer and add a new white layer with a composite method of overlay.  Doing this, brightens the mixed layer.  Now I let Painter do the work and create a new color set from a selection.  Deciding how many colors is always problematic.  But, I really think 16 is the highest number needed and 8 might be just as good.  What do you think?

As usual, I go off on a tangent in video 4, but I think it is an interesting tangent.  I am still mixing colors using a watercolor variant, but instead of using the traditional concept that the primary colors are Red, Blue, and Yellow, I use the correct version of Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow.  What?  I knew you would say that. I know it is crazy.  I toyed with this concept for several years and it is hard to wrap my head around it.  Basically, old Issac Newton thought the primary colors were Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow, but he couldn’t prove it.  I think in the late 1800s or early 1900s, scientist began to tell us that the real primary colors were Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow.  What makes them primary is that they cannot be mixed and a mixture of them produces black, which is the same thing I have thought about Red, Blue, and Yellow.  I am almost used to the idea that Pluto isn’t a planet and now this.  Of course, I thought this was about light, but not pigments.

Hold on, not so fast…did you know that there are paint companies now producing tubes of Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow as primary colors.  Not all of course…this change will take some time and a steep learning curve…especially for older dudes like me.  But, I have to admit, I find the concept strangely appealing and very interesting.  And there is something to it.  Take a look at the video and watch me mix blue and red.  Something, I didn’t think could be done.  Now, I haven’t tried this traditionally, but I’m thinking why not.  So, what do you think about Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow as the real primaries?

The next video probably is overkill.  I continue to mix Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow, plus the secondary colors of Red, Blue, and Green.  I was curious more than anything else.  I wondered what colors would emerge.  Really, once you get past the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow start, it seems pretty much like the traditional mixing methods.  Actually when all is said and done, color mixing is pretty much intuitive or innate.  But I do find the explorations fun.

I hope you enjoyed the techniques and will give them a try.

Enjoy,

Skip

New Class Starts Friday at Digital Art Academy


Hello Friends,

Winifred Whitfield has added another class to her popular Inspired Master Artist Series.  The class opens Friday and uses the work of Vincent Van Gogh for inspiration.  I talked with her briefly about the class and she discussed Van Gogh’s color choices.  I found the conversation very interesting.

I am sure you will find the class interesting, too.  Winifred describes the class in this video:

Check out some of the work that she will be demonstrating in tutorials:

Sunflowers, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

Sunflowers, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

 

Portrait, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

Portrait, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

 

I know you will love this class.  Don’t delay, register for Van Gogh Inspired today.  It starts this Friday, March 13th.

Enjoy,

Skip

 

Wacom Posted New Tablet Drivers for the Mac


Hello Everyone,

I posted about the updated drivers for a PC 3 days ago.  Today, Wacom released new tablet drivers for the Mac.  You can find them here.  Wacom Tablet Drivers for the Mac

I did update my Windows Drivers on March 3rd, and I have had moderate success.  I did have some problems and had to restart the tablet services several times.  But, all has been good the last couple of days.  If I continue to have problems, I’ll let you know.

Enjoy,

Skip