Figure 9.32 The shapes are arranged as the base form of a piece of jewelry.

8. Use other pieces from the original layers and the circular layers, paint new pieces, do whatever you want. There is no right or wrong approach as long as you, the artist, are satisfied with the result (Figure 9.33).

Figure 9.33 A piece of jewelry is built using various shapes from earlier created objects.

9. When the result is satisfying, collapse the individual layers together.

10. Position the layers over the figure (Figure 9.34).

Figure 9.34 The new piece of jewelry is positioned over the figure.

^ We have now used Liquid Metal to create two pieces of shiny jewelry.

h Remember that the techniques shown are meant only as a starting point for your e own experimentation.

In the next section, we will be adding some strange-looking feather-like shapes behind the figure.

Using a Custom Brush to Paint Decorative Shapes

This section will show you how to create a custom brush and use it to paint Bird of Paradise-type feathers. They are just decorative and not meant to represent anything in particular, but they show the potential of simple brushstrokes with their settings modified.

The original brush used to create these strokes is Dons brush. As you already know, this is a pretty simple brush that makes straightforward strokes used for quick painting tasks. The basic brushstroke looks like Figure 9.35.

Figure 9.35 Basic strokes made using Dons brush

Creating the Custom Brush of Feathers

With just a few quick adjustments to the brush settings, you will have a brush that produces strokes like those in Figure 9.36.

1. Make sure that Dons brush is currently selected.

2. Display the Brush controls, which are under the Window menu.

3. Change the following four settings:

• In the General settings, set Opacity to 100% and Expression to None.

• In the Size settings, click the second brush profile in the second row of profiles.

• Set the Minimum size slider to less than 10%.

• Check the box that is next to the Expression drop-down list.

Currently, pressure is the chosen expression. Checking the box inverts the way pressure applies the stroke. The default is less pressure/smaller brush size. Checking the box inverts this so that we have less pressure/larger size.

Figure 9.36 The resulting brushstrokes after several simple setting changes

That's it. The brush should now make a stroke that is similar to the one in Figure 9.36.

I really can't think of how to describe the stroke other than that it looks similar to the shape of feathers I have seen in photographs of some species of Birds of Paradise. This custom brush is available in the brush library available for download at www.sybex.com/go/painter.

Note: This custom brush and others can be downloaded at www.sybex.com/go/painter.

4. Use the custom brush to draw a number of quick strokes on a new layer (Figure 9.37).

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