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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes takes a deep look into the variety of mark-making tools found within Corel Painter, a software application that allows you to create painterly images that look like they were made with natural (non-computerized) painting media. Through a comprehensive demonstration of different brushes, Corel Painter guru John Derry shows how to adjust multiple variants to achieve desired results. Just like an artist who holds a paintbrush or piece of chalk at a particular angle to create a specific mark, John demonstrates with both live action and within the application how to modify brush variants for maximum expressive impact. From bristle media to ink media, watercolor to utility media, he explains how to get the most out of this drawing and painting application. Exercise files accompany this course.
Markers, as a medium, are great for spontaneous loose sketches and comps. They see a lot of use in design environments. Many design markers come in a wide spectrum of color to enable broad visualization uses. Painter's Marker category does an impressive job of emulating the look and feel of traditional markers. Let's take a look at how to fine-tune them. I'm going to start off by showing you the Felt Marker from Painter's Felt Pens category. This was the original marker in Painter for several generations of the product and I'll just do a little bit of drawing here and you'll see like real markers, it does tend to move towards black but a lot of people over the years kind of complained that it changed colors too quickly and even in real markers that's sometimes not a desirable attribute.
If I want to fill this in, you can see it's very hard to get a consistent, solid, same color within the area that I've filled with the marker. So what the engineers at Corel did is they came up with a new method. You can see this old method uses just the simple circular dab type and a Buildup style method but if we go to the new Markers category, you'll see that there actually is a new method called Marker and this is a dramatic improvement over what we had here.
Now I'll use the same color and show you what the difference is. When I go in here and start to do in area, you can see what happens. When I go back over it, it doesn't change color at all. As soon as I lift up and start drawing again, it will darken that area but this is actually the idealization of what many artists want a marker to do. They wanted to stay in a very solid color and build up density by applying color multiple times. This new Marker category almost works similar to the way that some of the Photoshop brushes work, where once you've touched an area it doesn't change color and that's exactly what's happening here.
But as soon as I generate a new stroke, well now it's starting afresh and adding a second layer of density to that. But the result of this is that it actually is closer to getting the look of markers than previously were possible with Painter's old Felt Pens model. So if I'm going to do just a simple idea of a maybe a box or something just like you do in real comps. And I'm going to do this very loose because this is often the kind of look that initial just rough drawing off the top of an artist's head will end up as.
It's not a final fine art making tool. It's much more used to just visualize for someone what is it you're trying to get across in terms of packaging or how things are going to be laid out. As such it enables a very just spontaneous approach to drawing very simple kinds of ideas without investing a whole lot of time or technique into it. And the one thing that this does rely on is the Hard Media category. So this is another brush that when I am drawing straight up and down with my pen, I get kind of the chiseled end tip of the marker but then as I bear sideways with my pen, now I get a much wider mark.
So this ability to actually go in and change shape just like a real marker is another reason why this is such a good tool for this kind of quick spontaneous style work, and I by no means am an expert of the use of this particular medium but I think you can see how just even noodling around with it, I'm getting a very good quick look that has that spontaneity that many people associate with marker work. So markers in Painter have been improved and have a much better fidelity when it comes to emulating the look of traditional markers and the other really nice thing is the way that one applied stroke will not overwrite itself until you start a new stroke and that's when you'll start to build up your density.
So markers are great for doing design and drawing work in a very casual fashion. Their look promotes spontaneity. I actually know of a storyboard artist that has for years done traditional marker work for his clients. Now, he's moved on to digital but the clients' still want the marker look. He's transitioned, he is using Painter for this work and his clients don't even know that he's no longer using the traditional medium. So these markers really enjoy the benefits of working digitally and satisfy the clients' desire for a traditional marker look.
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