Aaron Rut­ten

One of Corel’s elite artists talks sur­re­al­ism and in­spir­ing others

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Software Painter 2017 - Seat­tle-based Aaron is an of­fi­cial Corel Painter Mas­ter Elite and has over 40,000 YouTube sub­scribers. www.aaron­rut­ten.com

What’s your favourite new fea­ture that was in­tro­duced in Corel Painter 2017?

I like the Dab Sten­cil brushes, which are great for de­vel­op­ing or­ganic, ran­dom-look­ing tex­tures.

Are there any fea­tures you can think of that you would like to see in the next ver­sion of Painter?

I’d like to see Mesh Warp trans­for­ma­tions, like those avail­able in Pho­to­shop, added to Painter.

What’s the best thing about be­ing part of Corel’s Painter Mas­ter Elite?

Be­ing able to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of dig­i­tal artists.

What is your favourite thing about teach­ing peo­ple?

Know­ing that I can pro­vide free dig­i­tal art ed­u­ca­tion to peo­ple around the world.

What’s the best piece of ad­vice that you have ever re­ceived?

Many clients have said to me that I should charge more for my work and stop sell­ing my­self short.

Are there any cre­ative apps for mo­bile de­vices or tablets that you of­ten use?

Lately, I’ve been en­joy­ing us­ing the In­fi­nite Painter app on my An­droid phone.

Has work­ing dig­i­tally re­placed tra­di­tional art for you now? If not, do you think it ever will?

No. I’ll al­ways use tra­di­tional me­dia be­cause I feel that it’s ben­e­fi­cial to do both.

What is your favourite thing to draw and why?

Sur­re­al­ism, be­cause I can paint re­al­is­ti­cally while putting my own spin on re­al­ity.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you like to be in­stead?

I’d like to be a mu­si­cian or an ac­tor. Some­thing artsy… well, more than be­ing a painter, at least!

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