I just bought John Derry’s new Emergence Brushes and love them. As you know, John was one of the original developers of Painter…way back before Corel bought it. According to his website, he has worked on these variants for the past 25 years and finally was able to complete them once Painter was able to use drip brushes on a layer. As he says, there is no need for you to know or understand that statement, but it is of interest to anyone who loves to make brushes, too.
The brushes are very expressive and very versatile and use paper textures in a fresh new way. Along with the brushes, you get a great paper library. John has several tutorials about their use. I played a little following his suggestions and then gave them a try using my workflow and papers. They performed beautifully with his or my custom stuff. This versatility speaks to John’s genius.
I have only created one image. As with any new variant…and especially these…it will take a little time to become comfortable with their use. I am not saying they are hard to use. They are not. They are just different. I know I will continue to use them and enjoy them. Thank you John for the great set of variants.
You can find out about Emergence and buy them at PixelArt, John’s site. I can recommend them; I think they are terrific. They are available for Painter 2017, 2018, or 2019.
Here is my first attempt; in time I will be able to hone my skills with these variants. I love the way they use papers.
Hey Skip! I’ve looked at these brushes and papers and they look very interesting. I’m glad to have your input. One thing I can’t figure out is do they only paint very large? I use small brush sizes. Beautiful flowers you painted.
You can work with them smaller, but the way spacing is set is important. Smaller and you may have spaces between the dabs. As with any new variants or new techniques…you have to explore to discover how they will be useful to you. I love texture and that works very well with my workflow. So, I love them.
Thanks Skip. I’ll probably have to try these out. They sound exciting.
Does 2019 Painter version of Emergence still work with Painter 2020?
Hi Hugh, I have not tried them in 2020, but since he made them specifically for each of three versions, 2017, 2018, and 2019, I’m thinking that we will need to get another version for 2020. That is a guess. Best to ask John.
Thanks Skip. I wouldn’t have found these without you mentioning them. John Derry was my first Painter teacher with x3 but I haven’t seen him posting much.
I am particularly interested in him getting so much variation in a stroke by sampling different sections of a paper.
As a brush expert – do you see a way of doing this with other brush categories. I don’t use Drip brushes much but would love to do this with Impasto, Hard Media and other categories. Is it partly related to the large paper sizes he uses?
Hi Lyn, Sorry for the late reply. I have altered the method on several of the brushes and am getting some neat stuff. But, I think John has changed code to get these results…and that is above my pay grade. I would post your question on his blog for the best answer. Skip