Tim Shelbourne Demonstrates Bristly Dabs


Hello Everyone,

I have a special treat for all of you.  I hope those who have visited will come back for this new video from Tim Shelbourne, the creative genius behind  The Artist Quarter.  I am a big fan of Tim, the way he paints, and most of all his method of teaching.  He approaches everything from a traditional artist standpoint, even though he has painted digitally for many years.  I am a subscriber of The Artist Quarter and highly recommend it for everyone.  Tim is at home with Photoshop as well as with Painter 12.  He has a very unique way of cloning in Photoshop CS5 that I have not seen anywhere.

Check out his impasto sketch that he did with the Bristly Dabs in Painter 12.  And then for a real treat, watch the video and see him talk about how he is using them.  He is a bit gushy about the brushes; I turned red, but I can’t tell you how pleased I am that someone with his painting skills likes the new variants.  And, he is going to show you some nice tricks with Painter 12.  Tim, my friend, thank you so much for sending this video.

Before I go to the image and video, I wanted to mention something that Tim is doing that is very unique.  He is having online ateliers, French for workshop.  I have attended several and they are fantastic.  It is like having a workshop in person, but you don’t leave your house.  The workshop last for several days or weeks.  We have video materials, PDFs, and even special brushes to download.  On the first day we meet via Go To Meeting and Tim gives a live demonstration and takes questions.  Tim records the live demonstrations and makes them available for the attendees.  Then we meet several more times for live demonstrations and a chance to show our work to other participants and get live critiques.  I love these workshops.  Visit The Artist Quarter, you will be glad that you did.

Here is the quick impasto sketch that Tim demonstrates in the video:

Tim's Impasto Sketch done in Painter 12

Tim is all about teaching how to paint.  You will see in his video:

Tim, I want to thank you again for doing this video.  I think many folks will paint with these new variants thanks to your inspiration.

I hope y’all enjoyed this special treat, if you did let us know.

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Bristly Dabs for Painter 12 and Backward Compatible to Painter IX.


Hello Everyone,

I have just made a download page for my newest brush set, called Bristly Dabs.  Thanks to David Gell, Master of all things Painter, the sets are backward compatible to Painter IX. Thank you David!!!

Download one or both sets.  One called PIX_Bristly_Dabs.zip does not use rotation expression.  The other called PIX_Bristly_Dabs_Rtn.zip uses rotation expression in three variants.  If you have an art pen for any version of a Wacom tablet, download the file with Rtn in the name.  I think you will enjoy using barrel rotation with these brushes.  The brushes contain impasto and non-impasto brushes.

There are some very specific caveats when using these brushes especially in Painter 12.  I prepared 3 videos illustrating how to use the brushes.  The first one describes the techniques used with Bristly Dabs.  The other two give more details about using the variants and information about impasto in general.  It is imperative that you watch the videos.  All three are helpful, but the last two are the most helpful.  If you do not watch any videos, do at least read the points listed on the download page.

Here is the sample painting done with Bristly Dabs in Painter 12:

Vase and Windwo

Using Bristly Dabs in Painter 12

The next video takes you through the process of the painting.

These two videos are specifically about the brushes.  Part 1 talks about the Well Panel with Resaturation, Bleed, Dry Out and Brush Loading

Part 2 illustrates the Impasto Panel. 

I hope you enjoy the videos and the brushes. 

Don’t forget, I have these classes starting October 22 at the Digital Art Academy.  Click the class name for more information.

Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12

Basics of Brush Making in Painter 12

Painter 12, a New Beginning  (this is for experienced painter users who are upgrading to Painter 12)

You may want to take Elaina Moore-Kelly’s class, Introduction to Painter 12 – Part 1, designed for someone just starting out with Painter 12.  It is a fabulous course. Also, Elaina teaches Creative Collage: Scrap Techniques With Painter, which uses Painter 11.

Do visit the Digital Art Academy and look at the other classes available.

I guess that is it for this post.  I can go let Kevin out of the bathroom.

“I’m behind you.”

“Gasp! Kevin you scared me half to death!”

“Yeah, well you tried to lock me in the bathroom.  I chewed my way out.”

“What, you did what?” I dashed to the bathroom. 

OMGosh, it is awful, there is a man-sized hole in the door.  Shutting the door offers no privacy now.  I hear a cackling laugh coming from the computer room.  I got to run.  I think I am going to need a new bathroom door. 

Y’all let me know how you like the brushes,

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New Driver for Wacom Pen Tablets


Hello Everyone,

Wacom released a new driver 9/13/2011 for the Intuos Pen Tablets.  Here is the link for the Americas Wacom Product Drivers.

Links for other areas:  (Update…just heard from Tim Shelbourne after I posted that the driver for Europe is not updated.  We checked Asia/Pacific and it isn’t updated either.  I do not know about China and Japan.  So apparently, the update is available only for the Americas at the moment.  Hopefully Wacom will post to the other sites soon.  If you are a CS5 user, the updated driver enables full pressure.  Thanks Tim.)

Wacom Europe

Wacom China Site

Wacom Asia/Pacific

Wacom Japan Site

I have used a Wacom Intuos tablet for several years.  Currently I am using the Wacom Intuos 4.  I love this product.  The 2048 levels of pressure are fantastic and make painting with Painter 12 an absolute joy.

Have Fun,

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Corel Painter 12 Demo, Real Watercolor Category Brushes


Hello Everyone,

It is amazing how easy it is to emulate traditional watercolor in Painter 12.  I decided to do another painting demo for a couple of reasons.  The first is I love painting with this new brush engine, and I am having a blast making new brushes.  The second is to let everyone know that I am teaching a class at the Digital Art Academy called The Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12, which begins Oct 22; registration is now open.  My custom watercolor brushes that I keep promising will be ready by then, hopefully sooner.  You do not have to join the class to get them; I will post them here for everyone.

With the basic class in mind, I did this very simple watercolor.

Bud Vawe

Simple watercolor done in Corel Painter 12

During the first part of the session as we would do if we were taking a traditional watercolor class, we will focus on brush use and how to develop washes and other typical watercolor marks.

The last painting demo I did was 7 videos long, which is way too long.  This time, I am providing only one video that is about 27 minutes long.  You can view all or skip over the dull parts. :)

But before I forget, I want to mention that I am also going to teach a class at DAA  called The Basics of Brush Making in Painter 12.  In this class I am going to demystify brush making and make it fun.

Hope you enjoy the video; please let me know what you think.

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Karen Bonaker’s Nature Water Brushes – Fabulous


Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker has just posted her new Nature Water Brushes to her Blog.  These are fabulous brushes.  They are not watercolor brushes; Karen made them with painting rivers, lakes, oceans and waterfalls in mind, but in reality, they are so much more useful.  In this image she used her Pure Water brush a lot.  It is an amazingly versatile brush.  Following is what she says on her blog:

“My Fall Open Studio is just coming to an end and I wanted to share with you the brushes that were used in this session and some of the wonderful paintings created by my students. Open Studio is always special and so much individual growth takes place with each artist, it is wonderful to see.

Nature water brushes are not Watercolor brushes, they are derived from a blender brush variant called Water Rake. Please view the videos to understand how to use them in your creative process.”

Do visit Karen’s blog and download her brushes!

Karen Bonaker’s Nature Water Brushes

Enjoy,

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Painter 12 SP1 Patch Adds New Feature


Hello Everyone,

I can’t wait to tell you about the Patch that Corel Painter 12 released a couple of weeks ago.  If you haven’t gotten SP1, yet, do not delay and download it today.  You will be very glad that you did.  But before I start talking about the patch, I want to give you some links to developer blogs at the Corel Painter Factory site.  These blogs have information that I don’t think you can find anywhere else.  Here are the three blogs :  SP!LOG; musings from sp!ke, a Painter user experience designer…; DAN’S PAINTER INSIGHTS; and CHRIS’ BRUSH BLOG.  If you haven’t been watching these blogs, you missed some terrific information.  I don’t believe there is an email subscription, but there is an RSS feed.  In my video, I will refer to Dan’s blog a couple of times, but there is information on Chris’ blog about multicore options, too.  And on Steve’s blog, you will find a list of all the changes made in SP-1.

The biggest change is a new feature called Multicore Usage added to Edit > Preferences > Performance.  It is similar to Memory Usage.  I found a number of my Painter 12 students had upgraded the patch but didn’t have a clue about the new feature.  I realized I needed to do a video for the class and thought I could make it for my blog, too.  I am thinking there are others out there who are not aware of the new feature.  I am a little late in spreading the word.  Here is the video:

“You think you are a little late? The party’s been over for a week”

“Oh Kevin don’t start.  Just be glad that I am here and adding the video.  I haven’t been absent from the blog for that long”

“Yes you have,” Kevin the good virus screamed.

Maybe he isn’t so good.  For a long time I thought he was an imaginary friend, but I discovered that he is really a computer virus, but a good one.  He likes to compare himself with Glenda, the good witch in the Wizard of Oz.

“Do you realize that you have been a way for over a month.”

“OK, so it has been a month.  Big deal!”

I don’t know what his beef is about.  He can visit with any visitors to the site.  I think he really is mad because most folks ignore him; poor guy.

“It is a big deal and if you don’t start posting regularly, I will make you wish you had!”

“Yeah, you and who else.  If I remember correctly you are a good virus.  How could you hurt me?”  I said that laughingly.

I heard a quick intake of his breath with that last quip and then, “I can turn into a bad virus at the snap of my finger.”

Again laughingly, “Last time I looked you didn’t have any fingers.”

Another audible gasp, the sound of little “feet” running across the floor, followed by the slam of a door.  A very dramatic exit.  I wonder if he could turn into a bad virus.  No way…he is a good virus.

I haven’t finished my new watercolor brushes, yet.  Every Time I think I am going to finish, I make three or four more variants.  And if I don’t have enough to do, I have started another set, but not watercolor.  This set is using opaque paint and each brush is a captured dab.  To make the brushes work like Artist’s Oils or RealBristles, I am using the dryout slider in the Well brush control panel.  I have already started some videos about those brushes and will post soon.  I have some other great news, too, but I’ll wait for the next post to tell you about it.

I guess that’s it for this post.

Enjoy,

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