Pastel

Pastel pictures have a very distinctive texture as the pastel interacts strongly with a textured paper. The choice of pastel brush is critical as they vary considerably, hard pastels emphasize the paper texture while the soft ones blend into the paper but still have the texture present, particularly on the edges of the brush strokes. One of my favorite pastel brushes is the Artists Pastel Chalk which you will be using in this example.

Corel Tutorial Quick Clone

Figure 8.38

Original photograph.

Figure 8.38

Original photograph.

Step 1 File> Open> DVD> Step-by-step files> '08 Peony'. Step 2 File> Quick Clone.

Step 3 In the Papers palette select Sandy Pastel Paper.

Step 4 Select the Artists Pastel Chalk Brush size 161.0, opacity 12% and grain 23%. Click the Clone color option in the Colors palette.

Step 5 The first stage is to paint over all the picture with the brush to get a base color on which to add detail. Figure 8.39 shows this stage completed.

Step 6 Change the brush size to 37.8 and opacity 32% and start to put more detail in the petals. At this size the brush becomes much smoother and much of the texture is blended out.

Step 7 Go over the petals again with brush size 99.6 and opacity 32%, this will help to smooth the differences between the detailed and less detailed areas.

Step 8 Reduce the brush size to 15.0, increase the opacity to 65% and then to 100% and add more definite detail into the petals and centre. Keep flipping the Tracing Paper on and off to see what your painting looks like.

Figure 8.39

Laying down the base color.

Figure 8.39

Laying down the base color.

Figure Laying Down

Figure 8.40

Putting detail into the petals.

Figure 8.40

Putting detail into the petals.

Figure 8.41

Custom palette.

Figure 8.41

Step 9 Reduce the brush further to 6.4 and go over the individual stamens and some of the lines in the petals. The stamens should come out very clearly and make a strong focal point for the picture.

Step 10 We are about to change the brush and from now on will interchange regularly between the two so it is useful to make a custom palette to make it quicker to change brushes.

Click on the brush variant in the Brush Selector menu and drag it out into the screen area. This will automatically make a custom palette. Now change the brush to the Blenders> Soft Blender Stump. Brush size 52, opacity 33%. Drag the brush icon into the custom palette you have just made and the result should look like the palette in Figure 8.41. When you need to change brushes you can now simply click on the one you need. If you need to delete the palette later this can be done in the Window> Custom palette menu. Step 11 Using the Blender brush paint out the background until it is smooth, you may need to increase the brush size to get it very smooth. Step 12 Change back to the Artist Pastel brush size 6.4, opacity 100%, go around the flower and carefully bring out the edges without straying into the background.

Step 13 Still using this brush bring out more detail in the petals, especially the veins and folds.

Custom palette.

Blending Out Pictures

Figure 8.42

Blending out the background.

Figure 8.42

Blending out the background.

Step 14 Where the texture becomes too hard, change back the blender brush and lightly run over the detail to slightly soften the picture.

Step 15 When you are happy with the picture apply a low level of Apply Surface Texture (Chapter 5) to emphasize the brush strokes.

Figure 8.43

Paeony.

Figure 9.1

Battle flag.

One of the new RealBristle brushes was used to paint this picture from an English Civil War re-enactment. The variant was the Real Fan Soft which has a very distinctive bristle texture.

The step-by-step guide to making a mosaic clone will enable you to experiment with this unique picture making method. This is not the uniform pattern imposed by mosaic filters in other programs, each tile is individually laid and adjustable and this results in a fascinating and satisfying image based on your own photograph.

Monochrome images are perennially popular and some ways of approaching these are explained in more detail, including using a Liquid Ink brush.

In the early stages of making a clone picture it is often helpful to paint all over the picture quite roughly in order to breakup the photographic texture of the original image and then to clone more detail into critical areas. Painter X now has an Auto-Painting palette which can help and speed up the process of this initial underpainting. There is also a new brush category called Smart Stroke Brushes which was created to use with this feature and the variants include a selection of differing types of natural media brushes ready set up for cloning.

Figure 9.2

Manor house mosaic.

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