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Corel Painter X : Drawing People - People in a Scene (part 2) - Saltwatercolor

5/27/2013 4:04:49 AM
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Saltwatercolor

We’ll choose brushes from the Digital Watercolor category, and then plunge in a bit deeper than we did with the Spring Flowers project in the previous lesson. Applying the Watercolor Color Scheme from the Underpainting Palette produces the effect in Figure 4.

Figure 4. Ready to paint, finally!


Use Window > Custom Palette > Organizer to import the Watercolor Sketch custom palette for this project. Click on the paper swatch in the custom palette to establish French Watercolor Paper for your texture, or choose a different texture from the Paper Selector. Make a Quick Clone of the prepared photo so you can use tracing paper as a guide. On a new layer, make a rough sketch of the major lines and shapes in the scene using the Flattened Pencil with a dark brown from the color set.

Choose Pointed Simple Water from the custom palette. But first, make a “scratch” canvas to experiment with some of the Property Bar settings for this brush. Increase the Wet Fringe value to get the effect of pigment pooling at the edges of a stroke, a distinctive feature of traditional watercolor. Move the Diffusion slider a few points to the right and get a completely different effect: the edges of the stroke feather into the background, revealing paper texture. Figure 5 has a stroke made with the default settings, followed by increased Wet Fringe, then a stroke with higher diffusion. Notice that increasing diffusion eliminates the Wet Fringe look. Use any brush settings you prefer for the next step, roughly laying down the color areas on another new layer. See this stage combined with the pencil line layer in Figure 6.

Figure 5. Is my fringe wet?


Figure 6. Simple rough color.


My watercolor strokes don’t extend to the edges of the canvas, making an irregular vignette edge that is more pleasing than a geometric rectangular shape. Sunbathers in the distance are just scribbles, and that’s enough for now. You won’t need tracing paper any more, but keep the photo source open as a reference.

Let’s develop richer shadows, color variation, and a few details with some of the other Digital Watercolor brushes. The following suggested variants should help you navigate through the long list of possibilities in that category:

  • Wash Brush

  • Fine Tip Water

  • Gentle Wet Eraser

  • Coarse Dry Brush

  • Salt

Is It Worth the Trouble?

Painter’s Digital Watercolor takes some experimentation to find the right combination of variants and technique to fool the eye. Close observation of traditional watercolor paintings will help you create the digital equivalent. Notice, for example, areas of exposed white paper and the vibrant “accidents” of overlapping transparent colors.


The Wash Brush is fine for painting broad areas of color and works nicely as a transparent wash over other colors, even on the same layer. If you want to remove watercolor pixels, you’ll need to use a “wet” eraser rather than a variant from the Erasers category. I applied some Gentle Wet Eraser strokes near the bottom left of the color layer for more pleasing edges. To create the fringed shadow, I switched to Fine Tip Water, which functions as an eraser when white is the current color. The Salt variant creates a good imitation of real-life effects. When you sprinkle coarse salt granules on wet watercolor, they soak up the pigment, leaving a distinctive pattern behind. Notice the effect of Salt on sand in a detail of the current state in Figure 7.

Figure 7. Sand, salt, and fringe.


Fine Tip Water works well for adding details. You may want to add another layer for details or richer color overlays. I used Coarse Dry Brush to paint contour strokes on the trees and for texture on the shaggy roof. When your watercolor layers are well developed, consider erasing some of the lines in the original pencil sketch. My finished painting is shown in Figure 8. Notice how I handled the far off sunbathers, with little dabs of color.

Figure 8. Pass the suntan oil.

 
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