Learn The Art Of Sketching
Using a pressure-sensitive stylus, start sketching with a brush variant that feels comfortable to you. Experiment with a number of brushes and variants until you find the one that fits your sketching style. It is a good idea to start any sketching session by going to Corel Painter IX Preferences Brush Tracking (Mac OS ), or Edit Preferences Brush Tracking (Windows ), and setting the sensitivity of your pen. This is especially helpful if you have a light touch, or if you prefer different settings with different variants. Some artists even like to tape sketch paper to their tablets so they feel the tooth of the
You might also change brush tracking between phases of a project. You could use a light touch when sketching with a pencil brush variant, then set tracking for more pressure when you switch to an oil paint variant. Corel Painter saves Brush Tracking between sessions, so whatever tracking sensitivity you set will be the default the next time you open the application.
Are you ready to work with some of the more advanced tools and features of Painter I'll just assume you responded yes and continue. The projects in this lesson are not more difficult than those in the first section of the book. In fact, for those of you still developing your freehand sketching skills and eye-hand coordination, these projects might be easier than the earlier assignments. That's because we will rely on some digital tricks that don't necessarily depend on your drawing and painting skills. You'll still need to make creative decisions, though, and there will be plenty of them.
On a new canvas, practice sketching some of the flared shapes of the poppies and the more complex structure of the daffodil flowers. Depending on your viewing angle, the poppies either look like bowls or overlapping triangles. Notice that the daffodils have a six-pointed star base and a central hollow tube with a frilly edge and a stamen or pistil (or whatever) sticking out (I know it's a sex organ of some kind).
If you read the Introduction, then you know this book addresses versions 8, IX, and X of Painter, Corel's powerful software for Natural Media sketching and painting. You are also aware that a pressure-sensitive tablet is necessary for working effectively with Painter any Wacom tablet will be fine. If you didn't read the introduction, I admire your eagerness to get right to the main course. But, trust me, there are some tasty appetizers in those opening remarks. Lesson 1 will still be nice and warm when you get back.
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.
Step 3 Select the Sketching Pencil 5 from the Pencils category, brush size 175.0 with opacity at 4 . In the General palette change the Method to Cloning and Subcategory to Grainy Hard Cover Cloning. Step 4 Select the Italian Watercolor paper. Step 5 Sketch lightly over the picture leaving the edges white as in Figure 9.16.
Freehand Sketching An Introduction
Learn to sketch by working through these quick, simple lessons. This Learn to Sketch course will help you learn to draw what you see and develop your skills.