Sunday, 18 November 2012

Lemons and Celtic princesses

This week I downloaded a trial version of Corel Painter Essentials 4, as my new computer didn't like my old Painter program. I couldn't afford the full version so thought I would give Essentials a trial. They are very generous with the time – 60 days and they only count the days that you open it! I have to say I am impressed – it has everything I need and I am tempted to buy it straight away as they have it at nearly half price at the moment (must be a new version coming out soon)

A good test of a paint program is to see how painterly it is. So I decided to paint some lemons and their peel. Above is a close up and below is the finished work!
I find that if you want deep colour in digital painting it is a good idea to have a very dark canvas. Also I found that I needed to lower the opacity of the paint to get that textured look. I would say that it passed the painterly test.

Next, I wanted to test how it worked with transparent brushes such as watercolour. I decided to use a drawing I did for the 29 faces challenge. I had done a digital version in Photoshop so it would be interesting to compare.

However I decided I would make it different dimensions, so I doubled the width.  As I was working I thought it would make a good journal page, so I added the text and the digital Celtic stamps in Photoshop.
Below is the Photoshop version I painted for the 29 faces challenge.
I think that Painter passed the transparent test as well.
Below is the Photoshop version I painted for the 29 faces challenge.
I think that Painter passed the transparent test as well, as it looks more natural than the Photoshop version.  Depends what effect you are after really.
 
So I am a little happy painter, a new program that is better than my old expensive one, who could ask for more!

Have a wonderful week creating lovely art out there. My scripture that I am taking into the coming week is:
But you, be strong
and do not lose courage,
for there is reward for your work.”
2 Chronicles 15:7

Linking with Sunday Sketches

PS. Here is a little bit of whimsy I did this morning in Painter. I do so love this program!

9 comments:

  1. wow, this looks so cool and it mus be so much fun too! Have a wonderful week, thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Wow, can't believe this is purely digital! looks very real ...

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  3. Looks like your having loads of fun. Love the whimsey.. :)

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  4. Wonderful creations, shows how much you are enjoying your new Painter! Love your lemons, such a juicy color combination and your whimsical creations are fabulous!

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  5. i am intrigued by the notion of painting digitally but have not done it before. do you just use your mouse? it seems like it would require a LOT of dexterity to make your mouse do what you want it to do. your results are amazing!

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  6. Beautiful work. Love the effect!

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  7. Cool! I've heard of Corel painter, but I've never used it. Your amazing pieces sure make it seem like a worthwhile program to purchase. I especially like your lemons. Blessings!

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  8. they look so good, and you are good at digital painting!

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  9. This was digital? I never would have known if you hadn't told me! I have never tried Painter- but am tempted now!

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