Artists Oils brushes replicate the use of real brushes much more closely than ever before; the paint can be taken directly from the Mixer palette and a blend of colors picked up on the brush. The brush only takes up a specific amount of paint so the brush stops painting when it runs out of paint. The brush also interacts with any paint already on the canvas, just as it would on a real oil painting.
When the brushes are used on photographs they do not work as cloners in the same way as many other brushes, they will pick up colors from the source image and continue to paint with those colors, disregarding what has changed. In the example on the next page the brush has been used as a cloner and the brush strokes have been kept very short, thereby retaining the shapes.
The technique used to create this picture of a colorful boat on the seashore was to make a clone copy and clear the image. A new layer was made and the Artists Oils Dry Bristle brush was used at a large size to paint over the background to establish the sky, sea and shoreline.
A new layer was made on the top of the layers stack and the Artists Oils Wet, brush size 20.0 and opacity 100% was used to paint in the boat. The brush was reduced to size 3.2 to paint the rigging and flags and to go over some of the detail of the boat.
Another new layer was created to give more emphasis to the line between sea and sky.
The various elements were blended together using the Artists Oils Grainy Blender at various sizes and opacities, this softened the transition between the background and the more detailed boat.
The technique of using multiple layers is dealt with in detail in Chapter 7, Layers and montage.
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