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Color is next, and that requires another layer, using Gel or Multiply mode so the black lines will show through. The line drawing has a cartoon or comic book style (check out the speed whiskers around the Wacom pen), which suggests adding flat color to the skin area. I'll do that with Dry Ink. Other areas on the color layer will be left blank for now. The photo layer is no longer needed, and I'll delete it to reduce file size.
CorelDRAW lets you add lines and brush strokes using a variety of techniques and tools. After you draw lines or apply brush strokes to lines, you can format them. You can also format the outlines that surround objects. You can draw lines using shape recognition. For more information, see Drawing using shape recognition on page 71.
The Bezier tool lets you draw lines and curves by placing each node with the mouse. As you place each node, it is connected to the previously placed node by a line or curve. The Bezier tool lets you create complex, irregular shapes quickly and easily and gives you precise control over the position and number of nodes that form a curve.
You'll need to drop the layers into the canvas to save your finished work in JPEG, TIFF, or other file formats. But keep the layered version in RIFF so you can explore some options, now or later. For example, try turning the opacity of the line layer way down for a more delicate effect. Or hide the line work altogether for a soft, nearly abstract color study. Consider creating a completely new line drawing using the color layer as inspiration. Figure 4.15 shows my color work with the line layer at 20 and hidden completely.
Make a new layer for the line drawing. Turn off the visibility of your color layer(s) and reduce opacity of the layout layer to about 30 , just enough to serve as a guide for the sections of your artwork. Choose the Scratchboard Tool and make some practice strokes with it to get the feel of working with different amounts of pressure. You might want to make the tip smaller, so adjust its size either with the slider in the Property Bar or with the left bracket key ( ). Don't forget to use Preferences Brush Tracking to customize the sensitivity of your Wacom tablet, as needed.
Click on the Brush Category section to see the long list of options. Figure 1.5 shows most of them. Look over the list to get a feel for how many choices you have, but don't let that scare you Move your cursor to Pens and click to choose that group. Now click on the Brush Variant section and choose Scratchboard Tool, as in Figure 1.6. This is my favorite pen variant for line drawing and cartooning. Make some strokes and squiggles on your canvas, changing the pressure and speed of your stroke.
There is a custom palette called Watercolor Sketch available for this project in the Palettes and Libs (libraries) folder on the CD. Import it using Window Custom Palette Organizer. It has three variants Flattened Pencil for preliminary sketching, Scratchboard Tool (a Pen variant) for line drawing, and Pointed Simple Water from the Digital Watercolor category to apply color.
If you've completed all the drawing exercises in this lesson, you've earned a treat. I don't mean eating the pear but it was delicious (tossed with lettuce, celery, walnuts, and bleu cheese dressing). No, I'm referring to Painter's incredible feature for turning photos into drawings and paintings, not by clicking on filter effects, but created one brush stroke at a time And, yes, you're the one applying the brush strokes.
iou can use the tools in the toolbox to paint, draw lines and shapes, fill shapes with color, view and navigate documents, and make selections. Under the toolbox is a color selector, plus six content selectors that let you choose papers, gradients, patterns, weaves, looks, and nozzles.
You can display dynamic guides to help you move, align, and draw objects in precise relation to other objects. Dynamic guides are temporary guidelines that you can pull from the following snap points in objects center, node, quadrant, and text baseline end nodes. For more information about snap points and snapping modes, see Gravity snapping on page 45. You can also display dynamic guides that are tangent, perpendicular, or parallel to objects, as well as dynamic guides that are extensions of line segments. As you drag an object along a dynamic guide, you can view the object's distance from the snap point that was used to create the dynamic guide this allows you to place the object precisely. Dynamic guides can also help you draw objects in relation to other objects and draw parallel lines. In addition, you can display intersecting dynamic guides and place the object at the intersection point.
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When you finish the line drawing, you can eliminate the preliminary layers. A quick way is to hide the visibility of unwanted layers and use the Drop All command in the Layer menu. Now add a new layer for fresh color. Remember to choose Gel or Multiply for the composite method. The Digital Watercolor variant provided in the custom palette for this project is Pointed Simple Water. It is an ideal choice for applying blobs or streaks of color in as casual and imperfect a style as your line work. See Figure 4.14 for my effort. I added a second color layer so I could build up some tonality here and there. It turns out that the trick of making the Scratchboard Tool into an eraser works for this Watercolor variant as well. So, I was able to wipe out areas of color where they weren't needed.
I'll put a spin on blind contour drawing and recommend blind gesture drawing. Do not be slow and deliberate, and do not attempt to follow only the outer edge of the subject. So all we're keeping is the blind part. Figure 8.2 shows a couple of (mostly) blind gestures I made at a recent figure drawing marathon. I cheated a tiny bit, looking at my screen after making one blind contour line in order to place my Wacom pen in the right spot to do an additional line. Color was added later on a separate layer. After doing several of these, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish with your eyes open
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