Lawrence Mann

The il­lus­tra­tor and artist re­veals his paint­ing – and Pain­ter – setup

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Reviews - Lawrence is one of only 10 artists world-wide to be awarded the ti­tle of Corel Master Pain­ter 2015. www.lawrence­mann.co.uk

Can you tell us your back­ground as an artist and Pain­ter user?

I’ve been us­ing Pain­ter for the past few years. I started off in Pho­to­shop back in the early 90s with a very small beige draw­ing tablet and while I still use Pho­to­shop and my trusty Wa­com ev­ery day, the tech­nol­ogy has come a long way. I chose to ex­plore Pain­ter be­cause it was a ded­i­cated paint­ing pack­age with hun­dreds of unique brushes.

What’s your favourite fea­ture in Pain­ter 2016?

The in­tro­duc­tion of the Dy­namic Speck­les Brushes. These were rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent to what had come be­fore and im­mensely help­ful to my fan­tasy art. I couldn’t wish for a bet­ter set of brushes.

Can you tell us a lit­tle about your work­flow?

I’m a fully dig­i­tal artist these days. I might do an ini­tial thumb­nail sketch on a notepad while on Skype with a client, but that’s re­ally about it. Ev­ery­thing else is done dig­i­tally with my Wa­com Cin­tiq 27QHD Touch – an ab­so­lutely won­der­ful tablet that I sim­ply couldn’t live with­out.

What’s so spe­cial about the com­bi­na­tion of your cho­sen hard­ware and soft­ware?

I could never go back to another tablet or mon­i­tor, es­pe­cially as Pain­ter has so many func­tions that de­mand the sen­si­tiv­ity and ac­cu­racy of the Wa­com.

What’s the key to suc­cess­ful art?

For me, an im­age is about telling a story. It’s one of the rea­sons I love paint­ing book cov­ers. Adding in those de­tails em­bel­lishes the story be­yond the ob­vi­ous or en­riches the char­ac­ter, and help gain po­ten­tial read­ers. It’s a great way to add ex­tra value for my clients and bring a cover to life. I also have a back­ground in mar­ket­ing, so I know the im­por­tance of mak­ing your au­di­ence turn the cover!

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