Several students and blog followers asked me to do a video tutorial on cloning in Painter 12. Cloning isn’t a simple subject. But before I get started, don’t forget that Holiday Open Studio starts Saturday 11/19/2011 at the Digital Art Academy. This is one of the most fun classes at DAA. You can use Painter X, 11 or 12. It is for beginners and experts alike. Please click on this link and check out Open Holiday Studio.
Cloning has many options and the results do not have to look photographic; the term creative cloning is alive and well, at least it is on this blog. My plan is to do a series of cloned paintings, starting with this one of a cardinal that uses a very simple approach to cloning. How many will be in the series? I don’t know, but at least one more. Each will be a bit more complicated than the previous.
In this tutorial, I am going to use this photograph I snapped of a cardinal sitting outside a window in my computer room:
In the videos you will see me create this clone of the cardinal. You will see everything I do in about 50 minutes; I decided not to do any speed painting.
In the first video I create the background with clone color and very wet watercolor variants.
In the second video I begin to clone paint the subject.
As usually happens, I messed up stuff in the third video. I decided to leave it and show you how I fixed my problems.
The final video completes the image; I hope you like it.
Well, that is it. What do you think?
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Well folks, that’s all I have today. I hope you enjoy the videos.