Lout the Author

Rhoda Grossman is the author of numerous books and tutorials on the creative uses of Painter and Photoshop, most recently Fun with Photoshop Elements. She has taught basic drawing as well as computer graphics techniques at several schools in the San Francisco Bay area and has earned a reputation for lively and humorous presentations. Rhoda became a "pixel-packin' mama" in 1990 and uses pixel-based software for commercial illustration and cartooning, as well as fine art projects. She has successfully transferred traditional figure drawing skills to the computer, and brings her Mac PowerBook and Wacom tablet along to life drawing workshops where she specializes in quick gesture drawings. As "Rhoda Draws a Crowd," she creates digital caricature entertainment for trade shows and conventions. A member of the National Caricaturist Network (NCN), Rhoda is a pioneer in using digital media for live caricature at events, and she has won several awards from her professional colleagues. Visit her Web site at www.digitalpainting.com.


Part I The Basics

Welcome to Painter 3

Getting Acquainted 5

Let's Scribble 6

I Love the Pressure! 8

Meanwhile, Back at the Palettes 9

Pencils and Markers and Chalk—Oh My! 10

Real Brushes (Almost) 12

So Many Choices! 13

Keeping Track 13

Custom Palettes 14

Back to the Drawing Board 15

Control Yourself 16

Crosshatched Scribbles 16

Make a Warm-Up Palette 19

What's Next? 19

Basic Drawing 21

The Pear 22

Clone-and-Trace 23

Tonal Drawing 25

Crosshatch Contours 28

Send In the Clones 30

Pick a Pepper 31

Repetitive Pepper 34

What's Next? 35


Working with Layers 37

The Chair 38

Add a Color Layer 39

Add Tone and Texture 41

More Furniture 44

Scheming and Smearing 45

A Clone Painting Layer 47

An Impasto Layer 48

Finishing Touches 51

What's Next? 52

The Great Outdoors 55

Landscape 56

The Big Picture 56

Color Settings 56

Tool Marks 58

Artistic License 60

Spring Flowers 61

Layout Layers 62

Drawing the Line 64

Just Add Watercolor 65

Variations 66

Bayside Scene 66

Prepare! 67

Simplify! 69

Clarify! 70

Decisions, Decisions! 72

What's Next? 73

Drawing People 75

Portrait 76

Two Heads Are Better Than One 77

Be Prepared 77

The Shadows Know! 80

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