Nick By: Nick


Digital painting done in Corel Painter and Photoshop CS3.


Painted from an Edward Curtis portrait, circa 1908.

  • Splitting Pixels 6y

    This looks amazin. is there a set way you do this ??
  • S Campos 6y

    Wow! Really nice!!
  • Nick 6y

    Thanks steeelll and Pixels, the work on your profiles are amazing, I hope to get better at freehand sometime, but for now I'm doing a lot of tracing....

    The technique for this one was very simple. Nothing but "smeary round", in varying degrees of pressure and brush size.

    This was my first digi painting done in corel, and a good learning experience. Once I added some color to his face in Photoshop, I loaded it into Corel and experimented with the "thick paint" brushes to see what would happen. All the brushes let through too much of the pixel detail, so you could still see a strong "photo" look, except for one - the "smeary round" brush. By using light, long, subtle strokes with "smeary round", you can lay down what looks like very convincing smooth oil paint strokes. The trick is to "go with the grain" of the photo's details. First lay down long strong strokes in the light and dark areas as a base. Then trace over the finer details with long strokes of subtle pressure, gradually reducing the brush size. The finer the details, the smaller the brush. Once I found out how to use layers in corel, I added some subtle ocres in the clothing and a little red/blue in the grey background to balance it out a little too. This one took a long time, but the second one I did, the orange rose, was done only in 45 minutes, so I'm getting better. Here I also found that "smeary round" done in short strokes leads to a rougher look, but looks more realistically "oily" too.

    The third image I did was the osprey, which took about forever! I still used mostly "smeary round", but also a handful of other pencils/brushes. Much of that one was hand drawn, not traced, so it has more depth and looks more realistic than the others.

    I'm really liking this program, and the amazing control a tablet gives you! I'm going into experimenting with water colors next.

    Thank you for the kind words and compliments
  • Carolina Becker 6y

  • Nancy Y. Bray 6y

    Layers in Corel? I'll have to check that out. You did a beautiful job on this - a really impressive first attempt!
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Taken on July 22, 2009
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