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Using loaded brushes

From: Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

Video: Using loaded brushes

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.

Using loaded brushes

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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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

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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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