Impasto Painting in Corel Painter 12.2


Happy New Year!!!  I hope you all have the best New Year ever.

I enjoy making decorative paintings, and this impasto painting of roses is a good example.  To do the painting I had to make a few brushes.  I want to make a brush that works like a palette knife, and I think I am pretty close.  Here is the painting that I recently finished.

Impasto painting in Corel Painter 12.2

Impasto painting in Corel Painter 12.2

I like a lot about this painting, but I still need to tweak the brushes a bit more.  But, before we talk about the brushes, I want to demo something that folks have requested.  Notice the canvas texture in the painting; that is what I want to discuss first.  I have shown this technique before in the Tips and Tricks Webinar, but I do not think many saw it.  So, I am going to explain it again in this post.  Incidentally, I learned this technique from David Gell at Jitter Brush, his website.  To create the texture, we need to make a pattern from a paper.  David supplies a wonderful brush that aids in the process…Pattern Pens Plus > WYSIWYG Paper Extractor.  Do go to his site and get the Pattern Pens Brushes.

To start the process, we have to make a pattern from a paper.  Not just any pattern, but a seamless pattern.  Then the pattern can fill a layer.  We will add a layer mask, fill it with black so the pattern will not show.  Then with an opaque brush filled with white paint, we will reveal some of the pattern.  It seems so simple, and it is.  Here are four videos that will take you through the process.

I am unsure why the videos are not showing, but click the link takes you to You Tube to view the video.  I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.  I’ve tried to figure this out for a couple of hours.  Rather than continue, I am going to post as is.  Hopefully, they will show up correctly later.  UPDATE:  I figure it out.  For some reason the link was posting correctly to the visual tab of the blog, but not so in the Text part.  So I deleted the garbage in the Text part and recopied the links and presto…the videos appeared.

That’s it for creating paper from a pattern.  I hope you enjoyed them and learned something useful.But there is more.  I have made some new brushes that helped me accomplish the Rose painting.  I thought it might be interesting to show you the raw brushes and how I used them.  I show a few brushes that are available for download, now.  I hope you enjoy these videos.

That’s all folks.  I hope to see you in the New Year if not sooner.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support this year.  The number of subscribers to the blog is amazing; you folks are the best.  I sincerely wish you the health, happiness, and lots of money in the New Year.  OK, if you do not get the money, I wish you happiness and good health.Skip

Corel Master Painter, Karen Bonaker, Has Posted Fabulous New Brushes


Hello Everyone,

My dear friend, Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, has made and posted for free a new set of must have brushes.  Karen is a top-notch brush maker and you are going to love these.

Here is an image that she posted on her blog showing the variants at work.

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker's, Painted in Corel Painter 12.2

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker’s, Painted in Corel Painter 12.2

Do yourself a favor and follow the link.  Then you will want to sign up to follow her blog.  The link will bring you to the first post in  a series of 25 posts.  Each one will describe one of the brushes in the set via a video.  I love the brush described on the second day.

Ho Ho Ho! 25 Days of Christmas Tree Brushes for Painter 12.

You are going to love these brushes.  Check them out and enjoy painting with them.

Karen, thanks bunches for offering these wonderful brushes!

Enjoy everybody,

Skip

Brush Installation Tips and Don’t Forget, Holiday Open Studio Starts Tomorrow, Still Time To Register


Hello Everybody,

I have a couple of announcements before we get to the fun stuff, brush installation tips.

Today is my Birthday. 🙂  And look what I have been doing…working on this silly blog…LOL…actually it has been fun.

Holiday Open Studio starts at DAA tomorrow.  Registration is still open and will remain open through Saturday week, so you have plenty of time to register, but don’t wait.  Register now and start the class with the rest of us tomorrow.  You can start anytime tomorrow because the lessons are all downloadable.  There will be two live sessions; one during the first week and one during the third week.  Of course more are possible.  I like live meetings.

If you do register, one of the first things you will see is a warm-up forum.  Early registrants have been posting warm-up images using Buttery Oils, Karen’s Impressionist Sky, and a couple of other things that escape me at the moment.  I just got permission from my good friend, Kathy Pilgrim, to post her lovely Fall Excursion painting.  Isn’t it beautiful.

Kathy Pilgrim’s Fall Excursion, Painter 12.2 > Buttery Oils

To find out more and register go to Holiday Open Studio.  I hope to see y’all in class.

OK, lets talk about Corel Painter 12.1 and later brush installation.  I know, I have talked about it many times, but trust me, this is something new.  I am often asked how to install downloaded brush zip files and not in one of the new file types that Corel Painter uses to automatically install a library, category or variant.  The files in question, look like this; Name.brushlibrary, Name.brushcategory, and Name.brushvariant.  Name is the name of the library, category or variant.  But the file you have to install is Name.zip, which will not work using the new automatic installation.  What do you do?

Surprise, the two types of files are actually the same except for the extension.  That means that they are interchangeable.  Yep, that opens a whole new ballgame.  Check out the video for more information.

Well that’s it.  I hope you enjoyed the video.  Please join us in Holiday Open Studio.

Skip

Watch Me Prepare for Holiday Open Studio


Hi Gang,

In my last post, I admitted that I am just starting to prepare for Holiday Open Studio.  To prepare, I do a number of sketches of my subject.  I use a variety of photo references.  After I feel like I know my subject, then I paint the final image without references.  I will record the final image and that recording along with other tips becomes the lesson.

Woohoo, this is scary.  I have never published something like this.

I start by sketching the subject with a custom variant called Skip’s sharp pencil.  I don’t think I have ever posted it for download.  I follow the pencil sketch with a painted sketch…at least that is what I call them.  Some are OK, others are not.  Here is the image that you will see painted.  Cut me some slack; it is my first try.

Poinsettia, First Try

Here is the video.  I hope you enjoy my struggles.

UPDATE:  There appears to be something wrong with the video. I have deleted it and will repair it and post in the morning.  Sorry for the bad video.

UPDATE 2, 10/26/2012.  This morning I have tried to repair the video with no success.  I’m going to re-process and see if that will fix it.  Give me a couple of hours and I should have something.  So sorry about this problem. 

UPDATE 3, 10/26/2012:  I give up.  I have done everything I know to fix the video, but I’ve had no success.  I will be doing more of these paintings and I’ll record the next one and post.  I honestly do not know why the video flickered so violently.  There seemed to be a black frame between two good frames.  Again, I am so very sorry for the mess up.

Now I have to run and do some more stuff, so I’ll be ready for class.  Hope you join us for some Holiday fun.

Skip

Free Brushes, Corel Painter 12, Buttery Oils, Tim Shelbourne Tutorial


Hello Everyone,

I am so excited about this post for several reasons.  First, the number of followers of my blog hit 1000 a couple of days ago.  I can’t believe it.  I want to thank you all for visiting and commenting.  We have one thing in common; a passion for digital painting, especially with Corel Painter 12.  I wish I knew what to say that would let you all know how thankful I am.

The second excitement for me and I hope for you is a new set of brushes.  I’ve named them Buttery Oils because that is the way they feel.  Oh yes, that is right, these are not watercolor variants.  I know many of you have asked for more opaque type media.  I do think this is one of my best sets.  After you try them, do let me know what you think.

But the real excitement comes next  My friend, Tim Shelbourne, has made video using Buttery Oils.  I love to watch Tim paint and talk about what he is doing.  He does give you technical information that will help with any project, but more importantly in my book, he shows us how to paint.  He is a traditional and digital artist and he is good at both mediums. We are in for a real treat; we will come away from the videos inspired.

Tim has a wonderful site called The Artist’s Quarter (TAQ).  To gain entrance, you do have to register, but registration is free.  Inside there is a store, lots of tutorials…both Painter and Photoshop, but more importantly, the TAQ community is passionate about making art and willing to share with each other.  There are various levels of membership.  I am sure there is one just right for you.

Let’s start this post with Tim’s videos.  I was going to show mine about the technology of the variants, but realized that Tim talks about that too.  His will probably be all that some need.  If you want a bit more technical information, then look at my two videos.

In concert, I present Tim Shelbourne with Buttery Oils.

OK…need more information?  In the next video I take one of the Buttery Oils variants and tweak it in different ways.  It really is a brush lesson for these types of variants.  If you are at all interested in brush making, this video is for you.

The last video and the shortest, is a quick rundown of the other variants in the set.

Well folks, that is about it, but I have one more bit of news.  I have purchased the Wacom Intuos 5 and I love it.  The next set of videos will be about installation and set up for Painter 12.  I can’t wait to do the videos…the new tablet is that nice.

You can find the links to download Buttery Oils on the Buttery Oil Download Page.

Bye for now,

Skip

PS: a note from our favorite good computer virus, Kevin.

Skip has completely ignored me on this post.  I’m a good virus so I cannot retaliate.  He is so mean.  When he bought the new computer I thought we would have lots of room to play…and there is lots of room, but I play alone.  Does anyone know another nice computer virus that might like to room with me.  Let me know.

Sincerely,

Kevin, the good computer virus.

Corel Painter 12.2 Real Wet Oils and Flow Maps Webniar Recording Available


Hello Everyone,

I enjoyed the webinars and hope that you did too.  I finished preparing the recording of the first one, the one done at noon Eastern time, and I provided a link below.  A link to download the video is on the Webinar Download Page.

The video is in HD, but after you start the video, look in the icons in the bottom of the video screen and select the one that is for quality.  Then select 720 HD.

I hope you enjoy the show,

Skip

New at Digital Art Academy…Open Enrollment classes


Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker has announced a change at the Digital Art Academy (DAA).  We now have a type of class that has open enrollment.  This means that you can enroll in the class at anytime, starting tomorrow and continuing through October 2012.  When you enroll, all class materials will be available for download immediately, which means you do not have to wait for a week to download week 2 materials, all will be available once your registration is confirmed.  You can work the course at your leisure.  The instructor will be available to answer questions posted in the question forums.  Please post your questions in the appropriate question forum; post week one questions in week one forum, etc.

Registration begins tomorrow, Jun 1st.

Session 3 of instructor lead courses starts August 4 and ends Aug 31st.  Registration for these courses will be open on Jun 30th.

Here is a list of current courses, but others are being developed.

Registration for the Introduction to Painter 12 series of Open Enrollment classes opens on June 1 and will remain open through October 15, 2012.

Introduction to Corel Painter 12: Part 1 Instructor: Elaina Moore-Kelly

Introduction to Corel Painter 12: Part 2 Instructor: Elaina Moore-Kelly

Introduction to Corel Painter 12: Part 3 Instructor: Elaina Moore-Kelly

Painter 12 – A New Beginning Instructor: Skip Allen

ArtRage Pro

ArtRage Pro-Brush Course-Watercolor and What’s New in ArtRage 3.5 Instructor: Karen Bonaker

ArtRage Mixed Media Instructor, Karen Bonaker

Corel Painter 11

Introduction to Corel Painter 11 Instructor: Skip Allen

Corel Painter: Beyond the Basics-Painter 11 Instructor: Skip Allen

Painter 11-Advanced Techniques Instructor: Skip Allen

Open Studio Street Scenes Instructor, Karen Bonaker

INSTRUCTOR LEAD COURSES-SESSION 3-STARTS AUGUST 4th thru AUGUST 31st. REGISTRATION OPENS JUNE 30th

Instructor Lead courses – Session 3 August 4th thru August 31st Check back for new course offerings.

The Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12 Instructor: Skip Allen

The Basics of Brush Making, Painter 12 Instructor: Skip Allen

Learning to Paint Elements in the Watercolor Landscape with Corel Painter 12 Instructor: Joan Hamilton

Hope this is helpful and I hope to see you in a class in the future.

Cheers,

Skip