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Drawing with calligraphy pens

From: Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

Video: Drawing with calligraphy pens

Calligraphy is often referred to as the art of writing. Calligraphic pen nibs offer a unique form of expression that combines flowing artistic lines with words. The combination can be a truly powerful message or sentiment. In this video, we'll take a look at how to control the appearance of a pen from the Calligraphy category and maybe even do something not possible with its traditional counterpart. So I'm going to go to the Calligraphy category and I'm just going to show you a couple of examples of what are in here.

Drawing with calligraphy pens

Calligraphy is often referred to as the art of writing. Calligraphic pen nibs offer a unique form of expression that combines flowing artistic lines with words. The combination can be a truly powerful message or sentiment. In this video, we'll take a look at how to control the appearance of a pen from the Calligraphy category and maybe even do something not possible with its traditional counterpart. So I'm going to go to the Calligraphy category and I'm just going to show you a couple of examples of what are in here.

For examples, just Calligraphy, what would you get there? Okay, it's a nice pen and you'll see as we work that all of these pens work with a set angle so that you've always got a thin and a wide dimension. Well, you can see how this one has kind of got a gritty edge to it and I can see that might be something I'd want to use some time, but let's try something like Smooth Edge 15. Okay, well even it still seems to have somewhat of an irregular edge on it and what I want in this case is a very nice flowing smooth edge without any trace of integration of paper grain or anything going on with it.

So let's see how we can remove that from it and then I'll show you another interesting little trick we can do. So I'm going to do Command+A or Ctrl+A and Backspace or Delete and to figure out what's going on here, let's first record a stroke. So I'm just going to record a sample stroke. That way I can now play this back and we'll delete everything and just put our sample stroke up there. I'm going to go to the General palette and what's happening here is this is a cover method but there's that word Grainy. This is using the Grainy Hard Cover method.

That's why some sense of grain is being imparted into the stroke. So because we have that grainy factor, that's why we keep getting this edge with a bit of irregularity to it. I'm going to go in and change to Soft Cover and let's give it a try. Okay, now it is softer but it's actually too soft, so what can I do about that? Well, let's go to the Size palette and here's what's happening. The profile it's using is very dense in the middle but it rounds off so that it gets less dense and that's what's happening at these outer edges.

It's just rolling off, so that there is a nice crisp edge. We can get that with this profile. So let's try that and now I'm closer to what I want. It's not perfect but it's a better edge. I'm going to now delete everything here and start to play around with another factor and what that is, is introducing some color into these strokes and what I want to do in this case is change color based on orientation and the other thing I can do is I can actually in the Angle palette, change the angle of my pen.

So let me just do like a different angle and let's do a sample. You can see where the thick-and-thin ratio is happening is different as I change this. So each time I adjust this to a new angle, I'm going to get a different kind of splaying of the thick-and-thin areas of this pen stroke, based on how that angle is set. Because the angle is ever changing throughout the drawing of whatever strokes it's making. Each time it's set, we're going to get a slightly different set of angles based on where we've set this.

So we have control over this angle. The other thing I want to do is to introduce color into the stroke as it's being drawn. Now how do we do that? Well, if we go to the Color Expression palette-- this is one that doesn't get used a lot. We're going to take this controller and instead of saying None, which almost literally all of Painter's brushes use, we're going to set this so that direction dictates the color. And what color is it using? It's actually going to use a combination of the foreground and background elements here.

If I now go in and change this, so that my foreground color is, say, a shade of red and my background color is a shade of green, I now have the ability to have those colors based on what direction the pen happens to be at any given time change to that color. Because we get a continuously changing direction as this pen is being drawn, the colors are going to transition back and forth between the two ends of the direction and that's why it's oscillating between this pair of colors, because direction is dictating when to use which of these two colors and we end up with an interesting ribbon effect in this pen stroke as it's drawn.

Let's turn off Playback Stroke now and I'll just draw a few strokes with it. But you can see how you can get a very interesting look based on the fact that the ink in this case is actually changing color based on the direction I'm going. Do a little bit of my signature and just little embellishments but you can see that you can get a very interesting look here. You can further use this direction slider to kind of bias where that's going to happen. So in this case I'll draw like this. You can see the green's at the top, the red's on the sides, but if I move this to a different angle, now it's biased to a different location.

So now the red is basically happening on the top and the green on the sides. So after you've set all this up, you can use the Direction slider itself to kind of play around with where within your strokes the red and green are occurring. So what we've done is taken the Smooth Edge 15 calligraphy pen, adjusted its stroke edge to be a little bit smoother and then we've also taken away just the basic single color drawing that ink normally does and invested this with a unique look of the ability to change colors within the stroke and that's something you can't even do easily within a traditional pen.

As I mentioned at the outset, calligraphy is generally a very expressive form of writing and combining that with color, you can even take your calligraphy to another degree of expression that you can't do in the normal sense of the traditional tool itself.

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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

58 video lessons · 7195 viewers

John Derry
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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Introduction
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 22m 31s
    1. Defining categories and variants
      2m 14s
    2. Understanding dabs
      3m 35s
    3. Manipulating grain
      5m 34s
    4. Defining brush stroke methods and subcategories
      4m 15s
    5. Modifying stroke behavior with Expression
      2m 37s
    6. Cloning images
      4m 16s
  3. 28m 59s
    1. Understanding the anatomy of a variant
      5m 10s
    2. Modifying a brush with the Brush Creator
      4m 16s
    3. Modifying a brush with the Brush Control palette
      4m 37s
    4. Which is best?
      1m 47s
    5. Setting up a stroke testing palette
      6m 3s
    6. Manipulating pressure adjustments
      4m 37s
    7. Saving a brush variant
      2m 29s
  4. 52m 44s
    1. Bristle Media in action
      3m 55s
    2. Painting with acrylics
      5m 35s
    3. Painting with gouache
      6m 37s
    4. Modifying resaturation and bleed with oils
      8m 6s
    5. Painting with Artists' Oils
      6m 52s
    6. Modifying the bearing expression with palette knives
      5m 59s
    7. Using RealBristle brushes
      3m 23s
    8. Painting with impasto
      8m 5s
    9. Using loaded brushes
      4m 12s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Utility Media in action
      2m 43s
    2. Painting with airbrushes
      8m 50s
    3. Using an eraser as a mark-making tool
      3m 44s
    4. Using blenders
      5m 34s
    5. Using cloners
      7m 7s
    6. Distorting an image with the Distortion brush
      7m 15s
    7. Simulating artist brush styles with the Artist category
      6m 29s
    8. Making common photo adjustments with the Photo category
      1m 51s
    9. Using sponges and modifying captured dabs
      8m 4s
    10. Using FX brushes
      5m 53s
    11. Painting with pattern pens
      6m 45s
    12. Painting with the image hose
      5m 7s
  6. 27m 29s
    1. Dry Media in action
      2m 53s
    2. Drawing with pencils and colored pencils
      7m 37s
    3. Painting with chalk and using directional paper grain
      8m 16s
    4. Painting with pastels
      6m 19s
    5. Drawing with crayons
      2m 24s
  7. 26m 16s
    1. Ink Media in action
      2m 46s
    2. Configuring the Leaky Pen
      5m 0s
    3. Drawing with calligraphy pens
      6m 12s
    4. Using felt pens and markers
      4m 38s
    5. Exploring surface tension with liquid ink
      7m 40s
  8. 23m 7s
    1. Watercolor in action
      3m 24s
    2. Painting with digital watercolor brushes
      5m 25s
    3. Painting with the traditional watercolor brushes
      8m 28s
    4. Painting with the Tinting brush
      5m 50s
  9. 18m 20s
    1. Selecting and modifying an existing variant
      6m 13s
    2. Adjusting the color behavior of the new variant
      4m 0s
    3. Fine tuning and naming the new variant
      8m 7s
  10. 22m 29s
    1. Creating a new category and copying variants into it
      6m 25s
    2. Packaging brushes for distribution
      7m 54s
    3. Pruning a library
      4m 9s
    4. Understanding the Master Brush Library and the User Brush Library
      4m 1s
  11. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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