We're going to continue working with Corel Painter X today. Get out a cleaned up line drawing & get ready to "paint"!
This is the doll I'm going to work with today. Make sure that you've got a clean, black & white image to work with. Save it as a psd file and open it in Corel Painter.
Normally, I use a more universal format, such as jpg or png, but for some reason (program problems? user error?) I couldn't get a jpg to open in Painter but it opened a psd just fine. You may not have this problem, but just keep it in mind if you do.
Photoshop lessons, this will be pretty familiar. I'll be using a Wacom tablet and pen to color this. You could use a mouse, but a tablet is easier & more natural.
Painter has a few quirks that take some getting used to. First, the Canvas layer (equivalent to a Background layer in Photoshop) is permanently locked. You can't move, copy, alter, etc, the Canvas layer. There is a way to get the outlines out of the locked layer. For more on the complexities of Painter's layer types, check out this post. It's more complicated than I plan to get in this lesson.
Make sure to change the name of your layer to outlines (or something similar) in order to keep your layers organized.
Now it's time to paint. Play around with brushes, settings, and colors.
I like to paint one color at a time, so I painted in the skintones first. One of the advantages of using a natural media program is the ability to blend colors on the fly.
This is some of the shaded & blended skintone. Every time you pick up your brush, that is a completed brush stroke. I was able to blend the skintone by holding down my brush as needed.
You can choose to paint all on one layer and use the eraser as needed (or blend the colors) or you can set up a layer for each color. I chose to paint on one layer. It's a bit more like I would paint on canvas.
This is the final doll. I added a background color. I discovered that the brush didn't track well at large sizes. I don't know if it's the program, my computer, my Wacom, or some combination. Could even be a setting I don't know about.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with this. It's my first completed project using Corel Painter. Painter is an enormous program with enormous potential. For my purposes, it might actually be more than I need. It's amazing, and I'll continue to experiment with it, but my preferred natural media program is ArtRage for its simplicity.
I hope you enjoyed the lesson & learned something. I know I did!
Also, there are two special edition paper dolls coming in the next few weeks so check in on Friday. That's when I'm posting the first of them!