So, recently I started following an author/illustrator who blew me away. Mainly because I couldn't believe how 'fluid' is style was. He is a traditional and digital illustrator, and I absolutely loved his workflow. And decided to start working on mine. I've been working in Photoshop and Illustrator for years, but I looked at other software out there, and decided for the trial of 30 days, I would try out a new sofware until I found the one I wanted to represent my illustration style digitally. Corel Painter 12 is designed for artists by artists, and so the brushes, blending, and amazing features, such as moving the canvas around, just grabbed me completely. I have had the package for 2 days, and already I'm starting to see benefits....
Even the way you can select oil or acrylic brushes, watercolour or airbrushing blending etc. It's simply brilliant. Although I can clearly see a fair bit of 'mechanical hand' in there, I was pretty pleased with what I could learn in a night or two... I work in acrylic and watercolour, and already I felt the similarity between viscosity and the way the 'paint' felt.
There is palette customisation as well as being able to fill up a 'paint palettes' worth of colours. Of course now I find myself looking at tutorials and just being amazed at the difference between Photoshop and Painter. I use Photoshop along with Lightroom/Bridge for my photo and digital image processing, but something like Painter would definitely be suitable for my illustration style. The only thing I couldn't quite work is layers, the paint thickness and how I could blend collapsed layers... something to research in my 30 day trial, available on the Corel website.
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.