Jason Maranto is now teaching at the Digital Art Academy. His first class is Painter 2015 Brush Engine Essentials, which Jason follows with Painter 2015 Brush Engine Extended. Trust me on this…you do not want to miss his classes. I think Jason is one of the best teachers around and the way he explains how to make brushes in Painter is extraordinary and very easy to understand. He has a simple no-nonsense approach to brushes. This is what he says about his class:
“Mark-making is at the heart of what it means to draw and paint. Corel Painter is a an incredibly powerful mark-making tool. However, due to the huge range of mark-making potential Painter offers, the brush engine can seem intimidating and arcane to even very experienced Painter users.
This “Essentials” course is designed to teach the most essential parts of the Painter 2015 brush engine. The information is structured to help the student quickly and efficiently maximize their brush creation and customization skills with the most common types of dabs, media and controls.
Each week (starting October 12th), that weeks group of videos will be posted. Please watch the videos, and if you have any questions about what was taught that week, ask in the designated forum.”
Registration is still open for Jason’s class. You can register during the first week; registration closes Saturday Oct 18th.
Jason Maranto has announced his brush class at VTC. This video course is 8 hours long and covers in detail everything you need to know about Corel Painter variants. I have reviewed about 6 of the videos and every one of them is excellent. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Follow the link for his brush class and find that there are 18 free videos that will quick start you making your own variants. I want to talk some more about Jason’s class, but first I want to answer a question for a follower…or I should say Jason answered the question for him.
The visitor asked, “Hello Skip, Thank you for video tutorials. How to make a brush? Sorry for my Englisch.).” And he posted the following video done by a Chinese Corel Painter Master.
I loved the video; loved everything about it. I found it so peaceful to watch the flower unfold, and OMGosh, the brush was magical. At first I thought recreating a similar brush would be a snap. I guessed the artist was using Painter’s Color Expression panel to create a brush that will start painting with one color and finish with another. But, then I noticed in the video that the main and additional colors did not match the colors of the flower. That ruled out color expression. The question stumped me. So I posted the question to a forum that both Jason and I belong. Jason responded with the answer and provided two brushes that worked very similar to the one in question. In the following video I show you Jason’s solution, which will tell you a lot about the Well and Color Expression panels.
While I was playing with the brush, I kept making my version of the beautiful flower created by the artist in the video. His influence was so great, that I made this image.
Corel Painter X3 sketch
Jason is allowing me to give you the two brushes that he created and I am adding my version as well as that early variant I made and demonstrated in the video. These brushes are compatible with Corel Painter X3 only. They are not compatible with Painter IX, X, 11, or 12. To load the variants, do the following:
1. Download the four brush variants from the link below.
2. Open Painter X3
3 Set your brush selector on the brush category you want to install the 4 new brushes.
4. Go to Brushes > Import > Brush and when the window pops open, navigate to where you downloaded the 4 brush variants.
5. Select one of the variants and select open. The brush will automatically be installed into the currently active brush category. Repeat with the other three variants.
The brush link will give you four files:
Variable Blossom.brushvariant, which is Jason’s brush.
Stem.brushvariant, which is also Jason’s brush.
Variable Blossom SA.brushvariant, which is my variation of Jason’s brush.
SkipH2OImpressionist.brushvariant, which is one of the first watercolor brushes I made.
Please remember that these variants are for X3 only!!
Do not forget to check out Jason Maranto’s fantastic new brush class at VTC. Trust me on this one. You will not want to miss this class. I can hear you saying Painter’s brushes are too hard to understand. Jason has a very easy to understand, direct, no-nonsense approach. You will be a brush master before you know it.
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