Monday, November 16, 2015

WIP Watercolor

I have been pretty busy lately. After wrapping up recording for the (hopefully) soon to be released VTC Corel Painter 2016 video tutorial series, I began recording tutorials for a side project for Next Limit Technologies (I'll announce here when that is released as well). While working on that I have also been working on a new watercolor:

This is painted on Crescent 100% Rag Matboard -- which has a surface I find suits my temperament better than regular watercolor paper. The only downside for me is due to the lack of internal sizing, the surface is not very resilient to scrubbing.

It may be the influence of working with Egg Tempera -- but lately I have found I am more attracted to working with more traditional colors like Cerulean Blue, Yellow Ochre and Indian Red -- all of which are far more "opaque" than the more commonly used modern synthetics like phthalos and quinacridones. My "blacks" are a mixture of two of my favorite colors: Perylene Green and Perylene Maroon.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

My Yearly Update

Exactly one year ago I posted the current state of my large (4' x 12') Yellowstone oil painting project on my Google+ page. Since a year has gone by, I felt it would be good for me to show everybody how it has been progressing. I don't get to work on this full-time, but I do put as much free time into it as I can -- by my calculations I put in roughly 300 hours on this in the last year.

Most of the people who see me working on it think I am crazy, but every day I put into it I feel like I am accomplishing measurable increases in quality -- so I plan to keep going. Maybe this time next year it will actually be done.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Corel Painter 2016 Released

Corel has released Painter 2016 today. This update includes alot of new features regarding the brush engine. From my POV the biggest new brush engine feature is Dynamic Speckles:

Dynamic Speckles can be applied to Bristle (and RealBristle) Dab Types as well as the Particle Dab Types. Once applied, the Dynamic Speckles will allow a substantial amount of size and opacity variability to what was previously a static single-pixel line per particle/bristle. This opens up a huge range of new possibilities for these brush technologies, and greatly expands on the types of marks Painter can produce. In addition, Dynamic Speckles also make it possible to use Bristle and Particle Dab Types with Methods and Subcategories that were previously not compatible -- for instance: Drip, Plugin and Real Watercolor Methods all offer some very exciting possibilities.

Aside from Dynamic Speckles, the General brush control panel of the brush engine also has been expanded to include support for Liquid Ink and Watercolor Particle Dab Types. This again allows for never before seen brushes that greatly expand the types of marks Painter can make. I made ten of the new brushes included within the streamlined Painter 2016 brush library -- here is a video showing the three Liquid Ink brushes, including one featuring a hybrid Particle Dab/Liquid Ink mark:

Another notable new brush engine feature is Enhanced Layer Blending -- which resolves some longstanding issues with many blending brushes. Watch this video I made to explain what this feature does:

Aside from the Brush Engine improvements, my favorite new feature is Presentation Mode. This allows you to paint with absolutely nothing on your screen but the artwork. If you are the type of person who can memorize keyboard shortcuts for your tools (along with context click menus), you can complete a large amount of your work without needing to see any Painter UI at all.

If you care to check them out, here are all the brushes I made which are included in Painter's 2016 brush library:

Digital Watercolor> Speckle Coarse Dry Brush

Dynamic Speckles> Particle Firestarter Glow (use on a dark background or a blank layer)

Liquid Ink> Airbrush 2
Liquid Ink> Particle Crackle Airbrush
Liquid Ink> Spattery Airbrush

Particles> Flow Fur Sprayer
Particles> Gravity Bristle 2 (use with Paper Direction Toggle enabled)
Particles> Spring Flame Glow 2 (use on a dark background or a blank layer)

Sumi-e> Dry Ink Sumi-e 2 (try this with different shades of grey)

Real Watercolor> Particle Fur Sprayer

However, as a result of Painter 2016 being released, my Painter 2015 Video Manual YouTube tutorial series is now obsolete. Because of this, at the end of the month I will be removing public access to those videos -- my existing paid YouTube subscribers will continue to have access, in order to fulfill the YouTube subscription terms.

In the meantime, I have begun creating completely new video tutorials for Painter 2016 with VTC, and will announce when those are released with a new blog post.