Drawing the Sketch and Toning the Canvas

In this painting, I quickly drew the sketch in Painter X using one of the brush variants from the Pencils category on a white base. Only the bare essentials of the figure are indicated, because there is the temptation, when using a detailed drawing as the base for a painting, to work in a coloring-book mentality and just fill in the lines. Figure 1.7 shows the sketch that the painting will be based on. Save the sketch.

Figure 1.7 The sketch for the portrait

First we'll copy the sketch into the image where we'll do the actual painting.

1. Select the whole sketch image, copy it to the Clipboard, and paste it into the prepared canvas.

2. Change the Composite Method of the Sketch layer to Multiply, and move the sketch around until its placement in the new image is satisfactory.

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Figure 1.7 The sketch for the portrait p

3. When you are happy with the composition, you can equalize the Sketch layer to get rid of the gray areas of the sketch if they are distracting. Typically, you would use the Equalize effect to place the black-and-white points and then evenly distribute the gray values between the two. Here, Equalize is used to eliminate some of the gray values by moving the white point indicator down into the gray areas. You can find the Equalize adjustments in the Effects menu, under Tonal Control. Figure 1.8 shows where to find Equalize.

4. Move the Brightness slider and White Point indicator slightly to the left.

The image updates as you move the sliders so that you can preview the effect (Figure 1.9).

The image will look something like Figure 1.10.

Figure 1.9 Previewing the image as you adjust with Equalize

Figure 1.9 Previewing the image as you adjust with Equalize

5. Save the image using the Iterative Save command (Ctrl+Alt+S on the PC or F+Option+S on the Mac). When saving from this point forward, use this command, which creates a new file with a numeric suffix. The advantage is that multiple files are created should you need to revert to an earlier version.

Note: All the brushes used in this painting are available for download as a zip file called Book Brushes.zip. at www.sybex.com/go/painter. You should have all of them installed and ready to use for the remainder of this tutorial. If you need help installing the brushes, please refer to the Painter help file.

When you paint with traditional media (except watercolor), it is often wise to paint on a mid-value ground. All colors look dark when you paint against a white ground, and that can make it hard for you to correctly judge the relationship between the light and dark values in your paintings. Using a toned ground may be even more important when you are working with digital media, because the white of the screen is so intensely bright.

Traditional media use pigment. Pigmented paint is much darker than paint made of light—which is basically what is happening on a computer. The whites are bright on a computer screen, and the value differences can be greater.

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If you paint on a white canvas, eventually you will cover the surface entirely with paint, and you can then correctly judge the difference between the values of the colors. Often, though, you must adjust the colors and values that you paint in the early stages. You can avoid unnecessary repainting by toning the painting surface before you place the first stroke.

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Freehand Sketching An Introduction

Freehand Sketching An Introduction

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