Watercolor Clone in Painter 12 Done Simply


Hello Everyone,

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:

Cardinal

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.

Cardinal

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?

“I think it is pitiful.”

“I’m not asking you Kevin.  Of course you think it is pitiful; you are so negative.”

“I’m far from negative.  Don’t forget I am a good virus, and I am optimistic, too, except….  I better not say.  I want to stay positive and upbeat.”

I can tell that he is baiting me.  He wants me to argue, but not this time.  “You are right.  You are so positive and upbeat as all good viruses are.  I am so lucky to have you staying on my computer.”

“Aha!  You lie.  You don’t believe what you said.” he was almost screaming.

“I do believe you are positive and upbeat all the time.  I am glad that you are, too.  I am in the market for a new computer, and when I buy it, I will retire this computer.  How about that.  I’ll plan a retirement party,” I tried not to chuckle.

“You are buying a new computer?  Well, no problem, if you transfer anything from this computer to the new computer I’ll tag along.”

“Awe, I’m sorry.  I have already downloaded what I need for the new computer.  I guess you didn’t notice when I was doing it.”

“I thought you were doing a back up.  Surely you will not leave me alone on this computer.  After all I have done for you; surely you will take me with you.”

Well folks, that’s all I have today.  I hope you enjoy the videos.

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Registration for Holiday Open Studio at DAA is Open; Join Us for a Fun Filled Month Working with Corel Painter


Hello Everyone,

Corel Painter Master, Karen Bonaker, announced the opening of registration for Holiday Open Studio at Digital Art Academy (DAA) at Karen Bonaker Art, her wonderful blog. Do go by and take a look at the information  and syllabus for this 4 week course.  Holiday Open Studio is for anyone, beginner and expert a like.  Each week there is a new leader with a special topic.  Class begins 11/19/2011 and ends 12/16/2011.

The first week, Karen shows how to create and paint a perfectly balanced Holiday flower arrangement.  Take a look at this image, which can also be seen at her blog.

Lovely painting by Corel Master Painter, Karen Bonaker. Learn how she does it in Holiday Open Studio 2011

I have the second week.  Learning to leave white space in a watercolor is difficult.  I am focusing on snow scene landscapes with lots of white space.

Simple snow scene landscape done in Painter 12

Corel Painter Educator and Expert, Elaina Moore-Kelly, has the third week.  Elaina wows everyone with her beautiful Holiday Greeting Cards.  Discover her secrets for Corel Painter as she demos greeting cards.

Examples of Elaina Moore-Kelly Greeting Cards; Done in Painter 12

Karen returns for the fourth week.  Holiday Wreaths and winter scenes are the topic.  She has prepared a custom set of brushes for this workshop, which each student will receive.  I think Karen’s work is stunning.  What do you think?

Corel Master Painter, Karen Bonaker's Holiday Wreath.

That’s about it.  Do go by and check out Karen Bonaker Art and view her video from Holiday Open Studio 2010; you will be glad that you did.

Enjoy,

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Corel Painter 12 Classes Start Saturday


Hello Everyone,

I’m always nervous prior to class starting.  I’m extra distraught this time because I have two new classes starting; The Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12 and The Basics of Brush Making in Painter 12.  My other class, Painter 12 a New Beginning, will also start on Saturday;  this class is for folks who have a good working knowledge of Painter 11 or earlier and are upgrading to Painter 12.  If you are new to Corel Painter and now have Painter 12, Elaina Moore-Kelly teaches the perfect class for you, Introduction to Painter 12 – Part 1.  Check out the Digital Art Academy and look at all the class offerings.

I was preparing class material and doing a watercolor made up primarily of washes.  In the end, I cropped several paintings from the original.  After class gets underway, I’ll post more videos about working with watercolor in Painter 12.

Landscape

Landscape with washes in Painter 12

Got to run and get back to work getting the classes ready.  Join Elaina or me for some fun in Painter 12.

Enjoy,

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Free Corel Painter 12 Brushes; Cool Spring


Hello Everyone,

I finally got the Corel Painter 12 watercolor brushes finished and named them Cool Spring.  I hope you like them.  I would suggest installing these variants in their own library; like all watercolor brushes they are a bit slow, but putting them in their own library helps.  Don’t forget that my Basic Watercolor with Painter 12 and Basic Brush Making with Painter 12 start on Oct 22.  Come join the classes; I promise we will play a lot. 🙂

I produced two videos showing a bit about the variants.  In Part 1, I did the following image using 2 very wet brushes and about 8 stokes.  It is great fun to watch the paint bleed into the paper and create beautiful blends.

From Part 1 Cool Spring

Beginning image created with 2 very wet variants and about 8 stokes. See Part 1 Cool Spring video.

Let me know what you think of the brushes.  I’m always open to suggestions.

Cool Sping Download

Enjoy,

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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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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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Offset Sampling – Two videos from my Painter 12 Class.


Hello Everyone,

The first session of my class, Painter 12, A New Beginning, just ended and registration for the second session is now open at the Digital Art Academy. Click on Registration Page to register.  The second session begins August 27, 2011 and ends September 23, 2011.  I hope to see a you there.

As a teaser, I am adding two more videos from the class.  The subject is Offset Sampling, which has been added to the Clone Source Panel.  It offers some unique ways to clone, and also can mimic the way you cloned in Painter 11.  I created most of this image during the videos, but added later.

Table and Lamp
Created in Painter 12 using Offset Sampling
 
 “It’s not nice to tease,” Kevin comments.
 
“Viruses are not nice, either.  Remember, I found out what you really are!”
 
“A very good virus; not a bad virus.  I’m like Glenda from the Wizard of Oz.  She is a good witch; not a bad witch.  I told you that already,” he corrected.
 
“Whatever, I’m busy.  Go away and don’t bother me.”
 
Sorry for the interruption.  In the following two videos, you will see how to clone with offset sampling.  The above image wasn’t completed during the videos.  I didn’t do much more, but later I will explain the few things that I did to arrive at the final piece.  These videos come from week four of the class, so you may think I am going over stuff pretty quickly, but remember we have already covered a great deal up to this point and I can up the pace for the students.   I hope you enjoy the videos.  BTW, I had a little static in a couple of places.  I’m not sure where it is coming from; I probably bumped the microphone or something similar.
 
 
 
After finishing the videos, I decided to do a little more to the image, which consisted of duplicating the top layer 3 times and playing with the composite method of each layer.  The other layers that were made, also had composite method changes and I tweaked the opacity slider a bit more.  And that was it.  I do enjoy working with offset sampling; I think it is a power but underused tool for Painter.
 
Well, that’s it for this post.  If you have questions of comments, please do make them.
 
Enjoy,
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