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In Painter 11 Essential Training, John Derry, one of the original Painter authors, demonstrates basic and advanced creative techniques that can get beginners up and running. He also shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of the head and onto the canvas. John demonstrates how to establish an easy workflow in Painter by using a Wacom tablet, and he explains how to create, edit, and publish projects. Exercise files accompany the course.
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Many traditional mediums have irregularly shaped tips and if you think of things like certain kinds of chalk or even after chalk has been used, it will wear down an edge of it or pencils. Pencils is a great example. You can take advantage of these irregular edges. I'm using the pencil is an example. Think of when you're normally drawing with a pencil, the tip itself is coming in contact with the paper but as you start to angle the brush down so that it gets more and more perpendicular to the surface, the edge of the lead start to get elongated along there and the artist will actually take advantage of that and use it more as a shading medium.
So, one tool, like a pencil, can actually have a pretty wide range of expression based on this tilt factor and the new hard media brushes in Painter take advantage of that and what we're going to look at in this video is just a couple of examples of that tool but the one thing I'm going to mention upfront is I have a bit of a beef with Corel right now because they've sort of broken a little bit of a rule about naming conventions and here's what I mean. If you go to RealBristle Brushes, there's this convention. The word Real appears at the beginning of those but now we're getting into some other categories like Oil Pastels.
There is something in here called the Real Oil Pastel, which has nothing to do with the RealBristle Media. So, in a way it's a little confusing if you've gotten acclimated to the use of word Real at the beginning of a variant to indicate what the behavior of that brush is going to be. It's a little bit broken here because all of a sudden, Real has a different meaning. It means it's a hard media brush in this category and it can be a little confusing and it's really a minor knit on my point but I just want to point that out that if you're confused about well, I thought Real was relating to RealBristle Brushes, why are they over here? Because these brushes that you'll find peppered throughout the brush categories now are also indicating that they are a hard media brush that does something unique with the relation of the tilt of the brush.
So let's get into it and look at it a little bit. So I'm going to start with this Real Soft Pastel and I'm just going to draw a little kind of cartoony pencil here. But you'll notice now I'm holding my pen straight up and down but as I put it on edge, you can see I can now get a much more wide brush. So, just the aspect of this brush is making a big difference in how it's working in my hand and as soon as you kind of acclimate to it, you immediately could see the value of it, like wow! That really does a nice job of providing a very interesting usage of tilt and it's very authentic to the way Real Media works.
As I go through here, I find it's a good thing when you first experience a medium like this, you're going to obviously try it our and explore what these expressive capabilities are. But what I found over time is you've really sort of internalize what this doing and you're not even going to pay attention to it after a while because you're actually in this process, just getting the feel of the brush in your hand and not having a actual, or what I'd call, kind of consciousness of the fact that you're relying on the various angles of the brush.
You just become part of the nature of the brush. So, literally at this point where I'm kind of getting aware. I'm going to switch in a moment to a Pencil to hit a little bit more character and finish on the end of this brush. So, we'll switch over now to Pencils and here I am now. I'm in the Real 2B Pencil. So once again this is telling me that this is a brush that actually has some character in terms of that tilt. And once again I'm not even spending much time thinking about it, but as I get down to a little place like this, yes, I'm now tilting that edge to put a little bit more shading on here and there you see now, I'm holding the tip of the brush.
I want to add a little bit of appearance of grain here and see once again now, just like I would with a traditional pen, I'm holding it up right in my hand and that gives me that nice sharp edge that I want to use to kind of delineate the edge of the drawing here and I'll do this real quick. So what I'm trying to create is museum quality art but I think you can see how this tool really has a very interesting quality. It's remarkable for it's ability to simply be able to, through one brush, have so many expressive possibilities.
Without it, you wouldn't be able to do this. You would have to resort to different brushes or changing size. I'm doing none of that. This is all being done while I'm just drawing with it. So this is my raging pencil and hopefully you can see how this gets across the point, literally again, of the way these brushes will work based on tilt. So, the new hard media brushes really bring a new degree of realism to the look of Painter's brushes and you don't need a 6D pen or anything to utilize it.
It will work with any Wacom tablet that has tilt is a part of its characteristics.
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