WA ST Labor & Industries HQ – Chalk and Ink

This is my example of the Hand Rendered technique described in Beyond Digital Photography. I used the Square Chalk at 50% opacity for the color. Then I used the wooodcut effect to create the ink lines. I then added the Glass Distortion effect to thin out the ink lines. Finally I added the basic paper canvas texture (paper).

Abandoned Barn

I got myself a couple of Painter books with an Amazon gift card the family got me for Father’s Day. This piece is an exercise from one of the books, “Beyond Digital Photography”. It essentially uses Painter’s auto-paint feature to paint three different layers; a coarse underpainting, a medium underpainting and a detailed underpainting. I use the Acrylic Captured Bristle brush. On each layer the length of the stroke of the auto-painting is reduced by 50%. A layer mask is then created for the medium and fine layers. Painting black on the layer masks allows the coarse layer below to show through where you paint. I finished the painting by adding canvas texture and brush texture (Impasto Varnish Brush).

Using the auto-paint feature makes quick work of the painting. Painting on separate layers and using the layer mask gives pretty good flexibility.

Clouds over Kennedy Creek

This piece was more of a photographic exercise that just happened to yield an interesting painting. I use Photoshop Elements 9 (the consumer version of Photoshop). I wanted to see what it would take to create a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image with Photoshop Elements. The human eye is able to process the dynamic range of what it perceives better that digital camera sensors. As an example if you look at a scene that is somewhat backlit and focus on the the part that is backlit you are able to process is properly. When you change your focus the part of the scene that is not lit the eye is able to readjust and perceive that part properly as well. This is something that cannot be readily accomplished with a single image from a digital SLR camera.

The way this effect is recreated is to take more than one image of a scene adjusting the exposure to properly expose different parts; expose a bright sky properly in one image, expose the darker background properly (which will overexpose the sky) and so on. During post-production all the images are combined to give a single image where all parts are properly exposed.

I applied this technique to four images of Kennedy Creek. One exposed the sky properly, one exposed the background hills correctly, one exposed the middle foreground properly and one exposed the grass in the foreground properly. I combined the images to get the HDR effect. Finally, I used Painter’s autopainting techniques to apply a paint effect.

Rainier Sailboat

I’ve been working this one off and on for a couple of weeks. The source image was of Mt. Rainier from the Bremerton ferry. This work in progress doesn’t include the boat sketch.

Rainier Sailboat Update – Added Mt. Rainier

This is the latest update of the Rainier Sailboat. I’ve added the layer with Mt. Rainier. I painted in an under layer of the dark blue that is the mountain color, then add the white highlights (snow) with a palette knife brush and finally blended using Kay’s Master Brush’s Old Rusty Paint and Mountain Blender.

Rainier Sailboat – Sky

I started work on my next painting. This is a landscape of Mt. Rainier (not painted in yet) in the background and a sailboat in the foreground. It is based on a photo I took from the Bremerton ferry. I only have a sketch of the sailboat and the sky, so far.

Blue Heron

I’m finally starting to get comfortable with Corel Painter. This one was a bit difficult to get started. Finding a brush that gave good brush strokes and the feathers effect took some time. Thanks again to Fay’s Master Brush collection I found a good brush (Feathers1).

I still need to work on the painting workflow but I think I hit all the stops with this one. To finish this one off I added a rough artists paper texture, glazed with an acrylic glazing brush and then applied impasto paint effect to make the brush strokes stand out.