I have heard from some folks that they cannot get the same sort of marks with Cool Spring and Bristly Dab variants that I can get. I think I know why. Pressure sensitivity is the key. A Wacom Intuos 4, fabulous machine, is able to use 2048 levels of pressure. That’s a wow in anyone’s book. But, are we using all 2048 levels; I’m not sure, but I surely want to try. And if I want to get any kind of decent marks with these variants, I must apply paint very sensitively.
“Ha, you sensitive? Never going to happen!”
“Awe, Kevin, you promised you wouldn’t bother me any more while I am making posts.”
“And you promised to feed me better, but all I get is bugs! I know you like a bug free machine, but making me eat them is plain mean,” he whimpered in his best hurt voice.
“I thought you liked bugs. Aren’t they nutritious and tasty?”
“I would like to remind you that good viruses eat memory, not bugs. Making a good virus eat bugs is comparable to your dog eating the neighbor cat’s pooh!”
“Alright, that is enough…get in the closet…NOW!”
Sorry about that, now where was I? Oh yes, pressure sensitivity is the key to making good marks with Cool Spring. I did a quick video while making the following sky.
Sky created in Painter 12 using Cool Spring variants. See Video
I hope the video shows pressure sensitivity when using Cool Spring as well as Bristly Dabs is crucial. It is very important to play with your brush tracking settings. But, more importantly, practice making strokes. Practice, Practice, Practice is key.
Please feel free to comment, ask questions, or console Kevin.