Creating Fashion Illustrations with Corel Painter
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Dateline: January 27, 2006
|Inspired by the work of Tobie Gildio, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis utilized Painter’s Pens and Watercolors to create her illustration.|
Open a new file, size it to 1500 x 2000 pixels, and
add a new layer to the image. In the Brush Selector
Bar, choose Pens from the Brush Category menu, then
choose the Thick n Thin variant from the Variant menu.
It’s a good idea to make some practice marks with
the pen. When you’ve finished practicing, delete your
practice strokes by choosing Select > All and Delete/
Backspace. Press Command-D to Deselect. For this illustration,
I chose to sketch the basic shapes using this pen
because it allows you to sketch smoothly, while varying
the thickness of the lines. Use the stylus to add sweeping,
curved vertical strokes that suggest the outlines of
your subject. Then add a few details and accents with
Tip: For the most responsive and expressive strokes, set up Brush Tracking. It allows you to customize how Painter interprets the stylus input, including factors such as Pressure and Speed. Choose Corel Painter IX > Preferences > Brush Tracking, and make a representative brush stroke in the window. For instance, if you plan to use both light and heavy pressure, sketch slowly, then quickly. Try to make a few brush strokes that include all factors.
|Next, I added texture to my line work with two unusual Pens variants—the Leaky Pen to add textured spots, and the Coit Pen for textured line accents. Choose the Leaky Pen variant. Make a practice stroke using light pressure to begin the stroke, then apply heavier pressure. Add more irregular texture with the spotted strokes. Switch to the Coit Pen to draw a few linear accents, as shown along the sides of the skirt in my illustration.|
|Create a new layer, and choose the Broad Water Wash variant of Digital Watercolor. When you choose a Digital Watercolor variant, you’ll notice that the Composite Method for the new layer will change to Gel. The Gel method will allow the washes on the layer to be more transparent. Choose a light color in the Colors palette. Digital Watercolor enables you to paint smooth washes quickly and to subtly blend colors while the paint is wet. I suggest using light colors that are from the upper portion of the Value triangle in the Colors palette. Now press lightly on your stylus and paint loose, vertical strokes that generally follow the shape of the model. Don’t worry about staying within the lines, but allow the strokes to break out of the line work occasionally for a fresh, natural look. For this illustration, I chose to lay in the light washes on the dress using the Broad Water Brush. Then I used the Soft Broad Brush and a light peach for the skin. This brush allowed me to paint smooth, soft-edged washes.|
|To make the illustration livelier,
I added a few strokes of deep pink to
the clothing. Choose the Soft Broad
Brush variant of Digital Watercolor.
The Soft Broad Brush allows you to
paint smooth-looking, wet-into-wet
washes. The small amount of Diffusion
in the brush allows you to lay
brush strokes next to one another
with the paint blending subtly between
the edges of the strokes. Wet
Fringe, also in the brush, allows the
paint to pool slightly at the edges of
the wet area of paint. To have your
Digital Watercolor paint stay wet
between painting sessions, save your
working file in RIFF format.
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Cher Threinen-Pendarvis is an award-winning artist, author, and educator based in San Diego. She is principal of the consulting firm Cher Threinen Design and has most recently authored the Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting and The Painter IX Wow! Book. Order her books at Peachpit.com.