Any new brush set comes with a learning curve and Skip’s Ultimate Thick Paint is no exception. Plus, when I make variants, I make them for me and hope that you like them or can use them. Most brushes can easily be manipulated especially in Corel Painter 2020. Everything I do in the following videos can be done in Corel Painter 2018 or Corel Painter 2019, but I will access the brush controls differently than in 2018 or 2019. Just remember all Brush Control Panels can be found under Window > Brush Control Panels regardless of your Painter version.
OK, so what might you want to change in a brush control panel? I love texture. My brushes will always show maximum texture. I suspect too much texture for most people. Not a problem, dialing back texture is easy. I like brushes to be wet and mix easily and quickly. Again, more than necessary for most people I venture. All you need to do is change the bleed slider to the setting that works best for you. Those are the types of things I show you in this set of videos.
I am brave, too. Most of the images posted are of work done while creating the variants and should never see the light of day. They are not excellent examples of the paintings, but show you that I struggle, too. I have the same learning curve you do…sigh. Let’s start with this one. I was using 012 Thin Stiff Worn Bristle. It didn’t take very long to complete, but it served a purpose. It began to address the learning curve. Don’t be afraid; paint and have fun. Allow yourself the freedom to fail.
Skip’s Ultimate Thick Paint, Struggling Image 1, 012 Thin Stiff
Time to look at the first video:
Same theme, no more successful. This one has almost too much texture for my tastes.
Skip’s Ultimate Thick Paint, Struggling 2, 002 Thin Wet Bristle, 007 Wet Short Bristle
OK, stop laughing and watch the next video.
Maybe the second try will be better…or not.
Skip’s Ultimate Thick Paint, Scratchy Roses, sigh, 012 Thin Stiff Worn Bristle
OK, you are hurting my feelings now. I told you I have a learning curve, too.
I like brushes that can create single stroke imagery or flowers. Karen Bonaker is teaching a fabulous course at the Digital Art Academy called Romantic Roses. I love the class and thought I would try to see if thick paint could work. Thick paint can definitely paint romantic roses. However, I can’t. I know I will, but this type of work really takes practice and tweaking the brushes will be necessary. This first attempt is very clunky.
Skip’s Ultimate Thick Paint, Single Stroke Thick Paint, Oh boy…lots of practice needed.
I love abstracted landscapes. Thick paint works well I think. Little by little, I am coming to grips with it.
Skip’s Ultimate Thick Paint, Back Bay, 002 Thin Wet Bristle, 016 Grainy Opaque Knife, 022 Grainy Edgy Knife
I have also been in a dark mood. Painted this one Halloween night.
Skip’s Ultimate Thick Paint, River Moonlight, several variants, sorry don’t remember which ones.
Here is a work in progress. The previous too images started like this. If and when I finish it…I will post it.
Work in Progress, Skip’s Ultimate Thick Paint, 002 Then Wet Bristles.
Now it’s your turn. Give the brushes a try and post your work someplace I can see it. Hey…let’s post some on my blog. If you are willing to post an image using these variants, tell me in the comments below and I’ll contact you to make arrangements to get the digital version. I hope somebody will send me some images.