Core skills: Re­belle

Martin Han­schild shows how the paint­ing pro­gram’s water­colour brush works.

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Sim­u­lat­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods can be a chal­lenge, es­pe­cially wa­ter­colours. Over the years I’ve tried sev­eral tech­niques and many cus­tom brushes to achieve that dis­tinct water­colour look, and some­times the fi­nal re­sults were pleas­ing.

Yet how I achieved th­ese re­sults didn’t feel right. The work­flow lacked the nat­u­ral and or­ganic feel­ing of the paint, didn’t prop­erly repli­cate how colours dif­fuse across the can­vas, and the ef­fects achieved by blend­ing colours to­gether looked ‘off’.

With Re­belle, the paint­ing process feels real, colours soak into the pa­per and blend to­gether smoothly, and the pro­gram mim­ics the real-world ex­pe­ri­ence. Note, how­ever, that the water­colour ef­fects are sim­u­lated on the can­vas in real time, so you have to have pa­tience. You also need to man­age and dry the can­vas to con­trol the paint­ing’s de­vel­op­ment.

The set­tings for the Water­color brush are straight­for­ward, with fewer op­tions com­pared to other paint­ing pro­grams. But you can still af­fect the fi­nal re­sult us­ing op­tions such as can­vas tex­ture, can­vas wet­ness, tilt­ing the can­vas, switch­ing be­tween wet and dry sur­faces, us­ing a Fast Dry layer or a Dry layer op­tion, and more.

In this month’s in­stal­ment I’ll in­tro­duce you to the ba­sic tools and steps that you need to take, to main­tain con­trol over your water­colour work. But don’t for­get to ex­per­i­ment and find your own way of work­ing in Re­belle.

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