Saturday, April 20, 2013

Citrasolv, Painter12 and Apologies

I owe an apology to all of my friends and followers who posted comments. They were waiting for approval in my posting panel. Blogger used to notify me when I had comments to approve, but I must have turned off the notification as I just discovered them hidden in the tons of spam. I will try and locate and respond to your comments ASAP. Thank you so much to all of you that have put up with my lack of posting and responding. Since I have become a member of the digital art community I have neglected my blog. I hope you will continue to follow me and comment.  

I recently watched a favorite DVD again by Carla O'Conner titled Figure Design in Gouache. You can see a preview of it here and if you like it the nice thing is you can rent it. Carla's rich designs inspired me to use one of the journal pages I made with Citrasolv as a background for a figurative painting in Painter 12. Using the journal page as my canvas I proceeded to paint on top of it in another layer,( actually several) integrating the figure into the design. One of my online Painter friends said it reminded her of Klimt work. Of course I was flattered, but the repetition of the gold like shapes could make one think of Klimt. It was fun and now I am eager to create more backgrounds with Citrasolv for my Painter12 creations.

Friday, April 12, 2013

How to sketch in Painter12

A couple of my friends asked how to sketch in Painter. I found this YouTube video that I believe shows how to do it in a very easy understandable way. Of course if you don't have Painter, Artrage is great little program that is easy to use. The demo program is free and the full blown one is not that expensive. Enjoy and start sketching!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Sketching in Painter.

Recently I have been taking some classes learning how to use Painter. It has been fun, but I have used Photoshop for so many years, it is hard for me to switch. The brushes have so many controls and there are so many panels you have to have open that the clutter takes over the desktop! It reminds me of my studio with all of the brushes and paints crowding my workspace.

So far I have enjoyed drawing the most because it doesn't require so much stuff. Just two colors, a  hard pastel pencil and an eraser. My model is from my collection of vintage photos. I used a scan of one of my actual collaged papers for the background.
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