Real Bristle Brushes

RealBristle Brushes are new in Painter X and are a wonderful addition to the existing brush categories. They are already fast becoming some of my favorite brushes. What I like about them is the beautiful bristle marks which they make, it has been hard to achieve this effect previously. They are also excellent for cloning and very easy to use.

The Real Blender Round will clone very well, it slightly smears the existing colors and is excellent for portraits. The Real Flat Opaque is the odd one out in that it continues to paint with the first color sampled, rather like the Artist Oils category, this can be hard to use for cloning but is worth persevering with as the effect can be very interesting.

Real Fan Short

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Real Fan Soft

Real Flat Opaque

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Real Tapered Bristle

Real Blender Round

Retriever.

Figure 3.89

Retriever.

This very appealing Retriever was painted with the Real Blender Round brush. Starting from a clone copy (Quick Clone) the picture was gradually painted back using brush size 49 and opacity 12%, all other settings were as default. Figure 3.91 below shows an early stage, the density was gradually built up until all the central areas were fully painted. This brush subtly blends as it clones which leaves a very soft yet detailed finish.

When the cloning was complete the brush was used to paint and sampling the color from various parts of the picture I painted over areas of the painting to give a more painterly finish. I used brush size 10 with 100% opacity for the final painting.

My thanks to June Cook for loaning me her original photograph for this picture.

Original photograph.

Figure 3.91

Interim stage.

Figure 3.90

Original photograph.

Figure 3.91

Interim stage.

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