Friday, February 27, 2015

"Woman Laying Down Portrait" Corel Painter

Woman Laying Down

I selected this photograph from Morguefile to Digitally Paint. I did not have to adjust the colors as I opened in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4. There I auto painted using the Watercolor Sketch settings. I saved that iteration and opened in Corel Painter 11.

There I used a Gouache Bristle Brush with low opacity to begin adding some different color to the image. I added color to the face, the background, and her blouse. I also added white and light brown to the eyes. I appended the Flesh tones palette to the color palette and began using some of the light flesh tones. I added some to the face, and also to tie the composition together I added to the blouse.

I switched to a Blender Brush and did some softening of the bristles. I left the roughness of the eyes outline and eyebrows as I felt they looked painterly.

I saved that iteration and opened in Corel PSP Pro X3. There I added my signature and a Platinum Frame as layers. I merged all layers and applied the Saturation Vibrancy and a Paper Texture to the piece.

I also played a bit with Curves for some depth to the colors, Everything was complete and I saved the Large iteration. I Resized at 200dpi to display size and saved with another name. Here you see the result.

Be sure to  click on the image for the larger view! You will see the texture better as well as the image details. This is one more in my current series of Digital Painting with Corel Painter. I am enjoying this series very much, as I hope you are as well.

Note: As for my Music I am still allowing patrons to hear the full songs at CDBaby, before considering a purchase. I feel this gives one a better idea of the songs and is beneficial. 

In March, I will be releasing a series of songs that deal with the trouble one can have with Self-centered people. A song about such a person, A warning song, a reckoning song. Then I will finish with a song about the wonderful world around us, as healing takes place. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"New Song: 'Art for Arts Sake' now available on CDBaby"

CDBaby MP3 For Sale

I have a series of songs coming up in March. Each one as a single, that you can listen to the full song before considering buying. As for today, I just added the newest song here and on Facebook. You will find "Art for Arts Sake," to be an upbeat tune, just vocals and my 12-String. I call my genre Alternative Folk/Rock. Click and have a listen!

As always hope you like what you hear! Thank you for your looking into my Music as a Singer-Songwriter!

Monday, February 23, 2015

"Bright Eyes Womans Portrait" Corel Painter

Bright Eyes Womans Portrait

Continuing with my series of Digitally Painted Portraits I selected a Woman's Portrait. I first opened in Corel PSP Pro X3 and created an RGB Grayscale image. I saved that large file and opened it in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4 and auto painted it with the Watercolor Sketch settings.

After saving that I reopened it in Corel Painter 11 to Digitally Paint it using my Wacom tablet attached to my computer. I adjusted the Round Tinting Brush and began with some selected colors. I knew I wanted this to be a bright colorful painting, so I stuck with a palette that had just what I needed.

I spent much time on the face and eyes, keeping it bright. I did some blending with a blending tool. When I was satisfied with the face, eyes, and hair I painted the Background using a Chalk Brush. I used a form of Burnt Sienna for the base color. I also chose a light texture for the Chalk.

I switched to a Gouache Brush and an Indian Yellow, still using the texture, and painted around the Womans head. I narrowed the brush size and added some Indian Yellow to the Hair. Finishing with that I saved the large iteration with another name.

I opened it up in PSP Pro X3 again and layered my signature. Using the Effects Texture tool, I chose a paper texture for the entire image. Every layer was merged.

I had attempted to make the Eyes Hazel with blue, green, light brown, and yellow. I felt they looked just as I had wanted them, thus the "Bright Eyes Womans Portrait," Title.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Sad Homeless Man Portrait" Corel Painter

Sad Homeless Man Portrait

Another in my series of Corel Painter paintings. I selected this Portrait of a Sad Homeless Man from Morguefile. It reminds me of the sadness of my Father n law, who had Severe Parkinsons Disease, who is now deceased.

I opened the Portrait in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4 and auto painted it with the Watercolor Sketch, as I did the "Bearded Man Portrait," I posted recently. I saved the large grayscale image in RGB color.

I opened it in Corel Painter 11 and this time did not clone the image, I sized it to the screen and chose Tint Round brushes to paint in color to this piece. I used flesh tones on his face and hand. With some Burnt Sienna for the beard. I worked hard on the eyes so they projected his sadness and dejection. His mouth curved down in a defeated frown was also hard to capture.

I used rough brushstrokes for that painterly look and feel. I also used some blending, but not too much. I saved that iteration with a new name. I opened it next in Corel PSP Pro X3.

Here I used the original iteration to add back some details and adjusted the Opacity. I added my signature as another layer. I then merged all layers and applied the Smart Photo Fix to add to the color brightness. I used the Effect Texture with a rough paper like I did with the "Bearded Man Portrait." 

I used the Image Information to add some information to the image file. Saving that large iteration, I resized for display here.

I hope you are enjoying my painterly efforts. Please remember to click on the image for a larger more detailed view. use F11 to open up your browser completely, and F11 back to the standard browser status. Thank you for your viewing my Digital Artworks.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Homeless Man Busking" Corel Painter

Homeless Man Busking

I was able to get another portrait from Morguefile of a Homeless Man Busking. I opened the file in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4 and used the Pencil Sketch auto paint on it. I saved the large file.

I opened it with Corel Painter 11 and proceeded to paint Tints on it with a basic round brush. I had enough detail in the image from the Pencil Sketch to reduce the Opacity of the brush I used. I also varied the size of the brush.

It took me a few hours to complete the large iteration by zooming in on the details and painting. I am fairly satisfied with the rough appearance of this piece. After all, it is a Homeless Man Busking and the roughness adds to the sad aspect of being homeless. But at least he has a Guitar to play for some help.

I saved the painting as a large file. I opened it in Corel PSP Pro X3 and applied the Smart Photo Fix to adjust the image and it's brightness and contrasts. Here I also added Image Information, Title, My Name and source plus programs used. I added my signature from my black and white signature file as a layer and sized it and applied the property Lighten to make it transparent. I added a black border.

I have played my guitar, both amplified and not, in the open air before. But, I've never played as a Busker on the streets. Only outside my own home and on our driveway, and later on our deck. I haven't done that in a long time. And, of course, it being winter it is cold enough in the house let alone outside.

Wikipedia states: "Street performance or busking is the practice of performing in public places, for gratuities. In many countries, the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiquity. In English-speaking countries, people engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers."