Holiday Open Studio Starts 14 Nov 2015 at Digital Art Academy

Are you ready for Holiday Open Studio Registration; I am.  OMGosh, by the looks of it, I’m really, really ready.  It all starts Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

Santa Skip by Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2016

Santa Skip by Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2016


Have you registered yet?  There is still time to register before Holiday Open Studio Registration starts this coming Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

holiday osThe instructors for this year are Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker plus professional painter and educators, Elaina Moore-Kelly and Winifred Whitfield.  Oh…me too…I will do a bit of a song and dance the last week of the four-week class.

Karen Bonaker starts the class with Winter Trees in Snow.  Karen demonstrates watercolor, liquid ink, and how to use selections and the image portfolio to create lovely landscapes.  I am looking forward to her week; I love her artistic innovations.  Karen is always an inspiration.

Where is my peace, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016, Corel Master Painter Elite, Karen Bonaker

Where is my Peace, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016, Corel Master Painter Elite, Karen Bonaker

DAA closes for Thanksgiving Week, 21 – 27 Nov 2015

In the second week of class beginning 28 Nov., Elaina Moore-Kelly continues with watercolor, which is something new for her.  Since watercolor is my favorite medium, I can’t wait to learn her approach.  Elaina explains using fonts in Painter and adds creative selections to the mix.

Happy Thanksgiving, Corel Painter 2016, Elaina Moore-Kelly

Happy Thanksgiving, Corel Painter 2016, Elaina Moore-Kelly

Winifred Whitfield takes the reins in week 3 creating images inspired by Roy Lichtenstein, the American Pop Artist from the 1960s.  His work defined pop art through parody and he used comic strips as his inspirations.  He used heavy black lines, dots, checks and all sorts of patterns.  Winifred capitalizes on all aspects of Lichtenstein’s work and provides patterns and papers for your explorations.

Corel Painter 2016, Winifred Whitfield

Corel Painter 2016, Winifred Whitfield

And that brings us to week 4, my week.  I planned to demonstrate painting a poinsettia in watercolor, but that may change.  I am waffling.  I spent the last couple of months making pastel variants for Painter.  The new features in Painter 2016 add so much to the look and feel of pastel variants…so…I may switch my week to pastels…or not.  Hey…who knows, I may just do both.  Here is an example of a photograph I took while walking around my neighborhood.  I live in rural Georgia.  And following is the pastel image I did using the photograph as a reference.  It was loads of fun, but I better get with it and decide what I am doing.

Poole Road, Nikon D810, Skip Allen

Poole Road, Nikon D810, Skip Allen

And the image in pastels.

Poole Road Stream, Corel Painter 2016, Custom Pastel Variants, Skip Allen

Poole Road Stream, Corel Painter 2016, Custom Pastel Variants, Skip Allen

OK, if you have read this far, here is a bit of sad news.  Holiday Open Studio has been an annual event at the Digital Art Academy (DAA) for eight years.  But, Karen Bonaker has announced that this will be the last one.  Yes, that is right, this will be the last one.  If you have never participated in a Holiday Open Studio, then don’t miss this last one.  They are so special.  And, if you have been a regular, then do join us for a farewell to Holiday Open Studio.

OK, that’s it from Santa Skip. I hope to see all of you in the class starting Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

8 responses to “Holiday Open Studio Starts 14 Nov 2015 at Digital Art Academy

    • Hi Diana, All tutorials are recorded and available to be downloaded to your computer for you to keep and review whenever you like. I am not sure if there will be any live sessions, but if there are, they are recorded and made available to download as well. After you view the tutorials, you would complete the assignment and post your work in the homework forums if you like. You do not have to post if you do not want to, but it is fun to get feedback from the instructors and other students. I hope you decide to join us.

    • Hi Tali,
      I do plan to share them during Open Holiday Studio and then later on the blog. I am still working on them. In the meantime, many of the default chalk, pastel, charcoal variants are excellent. Do give them a try.

      • Glad to hear that, i’l look forward to it. I have another inquiry about your brushes and perhaps techniques but feel free to please ignore my question if you are not interested to give technical answers.

        Your Buttery Oils set i must say it’s awesome. However i’d like to learn more specific things about those brushes like what have been made of ? If you would give some details what brush variation (obvious one of the bristle seems so) have been made of, i’d like to check it by myself to create different variations with them by using CP 2015/16 Brush library.

        Especially those two one very handy on my works:
        – Fine Smooth Bristle
        – Medium Bristle Rough (this one simply awesome)

        Another inquiry here. Most of concept artist in video games industry prefer to use Photoshop due to do many things easily by using specific brush sets such as grass, waves, clouds etc.. You can guess how tempting to use PS when working in game industry and you require speed, as fast as possible to get job done. But i personally dislike how PS works. It’s too syntetic and since i’m a painter in real life i don’t likw how PS react to my drawing/painting on canvas. That was one of the reason why i lead myseld into CP. Due to my current job as a concept artist i’m trying to create sort of grass and other stuff.

        Anyway i use Chunky Oil pastel and try to use Concept Art brush which is presented in CP 2016. My question would be what oily brush type you would suggest to use at concept art drawings. Since they have all dryout amount it makes hard to work with them in works require pace. Perhaps use one the oil brush variation by removing dryout amount ? Like a pastel or concept art brush to cover entire area as fast as possible.

        Thank you.

        • Hi…
          I don’t mind answering questions and talking about technical stuff. Sometimes it is problematic because the questions are very broad and to answer would take hours and many videos. And sometimes, it is simply that I am misunderstanding the question and the answer could be very simple. But, let’s see if we can tackle this inquiry together.

          First, thank you very much for your kind comments about Buttery Oils. I made that set 3 years ago, and I am afraid I don’t remember how I started them. I think I started with another set I developed called Bristly Dabs and then changed from “Cover” brushes to “Plugin” and “Drip” variants. The names in quotes refer to the General Brush Control Panel > Method. But the real workhorse behind those two categories are the Dab Type, which was Captured Dabs. Back in those days I was looking for the perfect dab to create a bristly type brush. I will say that in Corel Painter 2016, using Dynamic Speckle Bristles can create the most natural brushes I have seen.

          You mentioned wanting a grass like brush. There are several available now that I think are terrific, but again the problem is in the question. What do you mean by a grass brush. I need a visual to see what you are talking about. A quick grass brush can be found in the Image Hose Category > Linear-Size-P-Angle-B and use the Nozzle Green grass. But this isn’t an oily brush and I think that is what you are looking for. For speed, you could start with this brush and then finish with an oily type brush. Another possibility is Particles > Flow Fur Sprayer. You would need to paint side to side. This brush is available in 2015 and 2016. An oily brush that could be used for grass in Dynamic Speckles > Real Bristle Drip. It is oily and bristly. You may want to change the Dynamic Speckle Brush Control > Size to 20 or less percent to get a thinner bristle. I could find more, but I’m still not sure exactly what kind of look you want.

          To control dryout, you would go to Blending Control Panel and increase the dryout amount slider all the way to the right. This will stop dryout on the variants that use dryout. That should speed you pace.

          I am going to send you an email. If you will respond with imagery showing me what you actually want, I’ll try to help more.

          OK…that’s all for now,

  1. Wonderful work Skip! And yes we are sad that no longer Holiday Open Studio is no longer! We had participated in many and loved them all! Hope to see you soon though in 2016! Hugs!

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