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There's a technique in painting that's known as loading the brush or a loaded brush technique. What happens is the artist uses his brush or palette knife to pick up a series or a number of different colors off of his palette so that when he paints with the brush, rather than painting with a solid single color, there is actually striations of color across the width of the brush and this imparts into imagery an added level of complexity that the eye picks up.
In nature for example when we look at the landscape, there are many little differences of color that happen within even foliage. So rather than one shade of green, there are many different shades happening in there. In some cases, sunlight is hitting. In other cases you've got shadow or you have got variation within each of the leaves themselves. So in nature, in a landscape painting, the use of a loaded brush technique provide that density of detail that the landscape artist often will try to emulate.
So Loaded Brush technique is just a great way to impart an extra level of detail into your image. And I'm going to work with the Artists Oils here initially to show you this. Let's take the notion of some green maybe. When I paint with this brush, it appears that all I can do is paint with one color and if I want to get variations, I have got to literally change my color in the palette every time. Actually, in Painter there's a second way to pick up color from one of the color palettes and that's the Mixer palette.
So I'm going to open this up and here is the default mixed paint on the palette. However, you're free to mix up any colors you want, and I'm just going to use this as my sample. But there are two color pickers at the bottom. The one that looks like the normal color picker in the Tool palette acts just like the original one. It picks up a single color just as you'd expect. But the second one with this little circle around it is indicating that it actually picks up a group of colors wherever it's placed. So if I put this in this obvious spot here, where there's a division between the lighter green and the darker green, well now I have got a brush that I've loaded it with those two colors.
And so here's where I can start to get that extra detail into my painting just by having a more complex set of colors loaded on to the brush. And each time I pick this up, it just depends on where I do it within this particular area. I am going to pick up a difference of color based on where I've placed it within the Mixer palette. Now, this works really great with all of the Artists Oils, but I wanted to show you that it also works and if we temporarily open up our Brush Controls and look at the General palette, we're using the Artists Oils dab type here.
This also works very well with the continuous stroke brushes. So that would mean the Camel Hair, the Flat, the Palette Knife, Bristle Spray, and will work with the Airbrush but that's a little bit unusual, because an Airbrush typically doesn't spray out multiple colors. So the most useful set of dab types would be right here, these continuous dab types. And if we go to the Oils category, I'm going to just use the Smeary Round as an example. If I go in here now and use the loaded pick up color indicator, you can see I now am painting with multiple colors across my brush.
And again I'm not going to go to the point of painting new colors in here. But any colors you can mix on the palette will allow you to pick them up and then use them as your brush color. So if you want to emulate the look of a loaded brush, you really want to work with the Mixer and you want to work with the multiple Color Sampler within the Mixer palette to be able to do that. Just make sure you're working with the brushes that either use the Artists Oils or the continuous brush strokes and those will enable you to be able to do the loaded brush technique.
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