Sunday, March 29, 2015

"Guitar Player and Friends" Corel Painter

Guitar Player and Friends

I got this photograph from Stockvault's Freebies. It is a great picture of a Guitar Player with friends, a good example of a depth of field. The Guitar Player is in focus and the others are not. I opened the image in Corel PSP Pro X3 and converted it to grayscale. I saved that photograph.

I then opened it in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4 and painted it as a digital Watercolor Sketch, I saved that iteration. Closing Essentials 4 I reopened the image in Corel Painter 11. There I selected to paint with Digital Watercolor and Gouache brushes.

I used colors almost at random for the image. I knew I wanted a bright red guitar, but the rest came as I worked on the piece. It was tedious work and took longer than usual for me to paint. I am so happy I use a Wacom Tablet and Stylus for digital painting in Painter. I finished the image, saving it as a large file.

I used Corel PSP Pro X3 to adjust the image brightness and used Saturation Vibrancy to punch up the colors. I added my signature and merged all layers, then saved again. I resized the image for display and saved with another name.

NOTE: My next new song will be coming out soon! I am getting the production ready with CDBaby and now am awaiting the 'ready,' report from them. It is titled "Something Amazing," and is a positive tune with upbeat lyrics and sound. Watch for it! The Full Song Preview will be available so you can get a complete idea of the tune in itself.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Digital Watercolor Homeless Man Four" Corel Painter

Homeless Man Four

I garnered another Homeless Man Portrait from Morguefile and did a Digital Watercolor of it. I opened it in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4 and applied the Watercolor Sketch tool to it. This auto painted the grayscale image into a sketch to paint with color.

I saved the painting and opened it with Corel Painter 11. There I applied the Flesh tones I wanted to the face. I selected from a colorful palette of flesh tones appended. I added the white in the eyes and beard using a Gouache brush, and painted the knit hat with a version of it as well.

I saved the large iteration and reopened in Corel PSP Pro X3. Here I adjusted it with the Smart Photo Fix, which brightened it up a bit. I made the colors bolder by Increasing the Saturation Vibrancy. I added my signature. Saved again, then resized for display.

My efforts in digital painting are much like using Corel Painter and PhotoShop to arrive at a satisfying image. Although I don't have the most current versions of some of my programs, they still work well in Windows 7 as 32 bit programs. I happily paint away and adjust at will with my current arsenal of Corel Products, I would recommend Corel Painter 2015 as it is a good step up from Painter 11.

I have been a Painter user since its Fractal Design days and highly recommend it to those Photographers who want to learn how to digitally paint their art. A Wacom Tablet is highly recommended as well. They have pressure sensitivity and act like real world brushes. A tablet with a stylus is really needed to paint digitally.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kirk Mathew Gatzka | Reckoning | CD Baby Music Store

Kirk Mathew Gatzka | Reckoning | CD Baby Music Store

Today I am finally releasing the day of "Reckoning!" You can listen to the Full song in Preview mode! The "Blind Guide," was warned in "Collision Warning," that with Pride comes the Fall. Now he pays for his indebtedness for his past behavior.

I have a BONUS track coming out after this series of three songs. The name of it is "Something Amazing." It is a positive song that has a good outlook and attitude in its lyrics. Watch for it!