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

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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!

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