This chapter is a mix of general painting methods combined with Painter-specific features and techniques. In this chapter, I will show you how to use Painter X to paint a portrait that has the look of a traditional oil painting. You can imitate the 3D effect of oil paint by using many of the tools found in the program. While this chapter will not be an exhaustive look at using these features, it is a good start. We will build on these techniques in subsequent chapters. The actual sequence of steps used for this digital portrait is close to the method I would use to create a traditional oil painting.
I will start by giving an overview of how the entire portrait was painted. To accomplish this, I will show several methods of imitating a 3D surface when working in Painter X. As I demonstrate these methods, you will see the steps used to paint a portrait. Portrait painting is one of the artist's greatest challenges, and having a solid method to follow will help you minimize errors in your own work.
Remember that the subject matter is only a vehicle to show you techniques; you can apply these methods to any subject matter you want. There are, after all, many other types of subject matter that would benefit from the use of texture. 2 In this and all subsequent chapters, it is assumed that you have a basic under-
T I standing of the workings of Painter X. You should know the following things to success-AR fully follow along with the demonstration or take what is presented and experiment
o on your own:
• Where individual palettes and menu items are located. If certain palettes are z not visible at the launch of Painter X, you should know how to access them.
g • How to adjust brush settings, including opacity, brush size, and, if needed, £ bringing up the Brush Creator.
A P • How to scale the size of the brush and sample colors from within the paint-^ ing using hot keys. Knowing this speeds up the process and natural flow when al
" you're painting an image.
® In Painter X, you can arrange the working space to suit your own way of paint ing. Because your setup may be different from the default, this chapter will not discuss where to locate specific features and menu items.
In this and subsequent chapters, you will be encouraged to save often and in a sequential fashion. This should become a habit, because it can help you avoid a lot of grief and frustration. In Painter X, simply hold down the Ctrl+Alt+S keys (F+Option+S on the Mac) to automatically save the painting with a sequential number added as a suffix to the filename.
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