BRILLIANT PORTRAIT SKILLS IN COREL PAINTER
Using Painter 2017, the latest version of Corel’s natural media art software, Borislav Mitkov sails the High Seas as he explains his portraiture process
This workshop will introduce you to the basics of Corel Painter, and I’ll be using the most recent incarnation, which is Painter 2017. I’ll also guide you through my painting process.
I’ll start things off by setting up the canvas, setting its size and orientation. Then I’ll tackle the colour management of the document and select the correct colour profiles. It’s also important to configure your workspace, by customising the layout and making it suitable to your way of working. This could involve placing tool palettes in certain positions or removing them altogether, for example. During the painting stages I’ll take you through the various tools and brushes that I use, and explain how they interact with the canvas texture, and how colours blend with paper textures. I’ll explain my approach to sketching in more detail, in which I use either the digital pencil or custom brushes, and break down my glazing technique and how to use this traditional art approach to colouring on the digital canvas.
The workshop is intended for all skill levels. The brushes I use are default brushes that I’ve tweaked slightly, and I also makes use of custom brushes from other artists as well: Dan Milligan, Craig Mullins and Jaime Jones. These are Photoshop brushes that I’ve brought into Painter using the new import feature, which was introduced this year.
I hope I’ll keep your attention throughout the whole article. I’m not much of a writer myself, but I’ll do my best to keep the things clear and fresh as possible. So, let’s get going!