Painter Curriculum
Mechanics & Artistry

Welcome to the PaintboxTV Painter Curriculum! This is an on-going series of tutorial videos dedicated to enjoying and making the most of the fabulous paint program Corel Painter. I start from basics and delve deeper into the program, with the goal of helping all levels of users, from the newcomer who is opening Painter for the first time through to the seasoned user who has used Painter for many years. I have divided the videos into two concurrent streams – one focused on the mechanics of the program and the other focused on the artistry of the art you make with the program (each described in more detail below). On (or as close to as I can) the 1st of each month I post two high resolution (1080p) Painter tutorial videos, always using the latest available version of Painter. These are in addition to the monthly PainterLab recordings. To make it easy for you to follow this curriculum I am summarizing it below and including links for those videos already posted. Thus this page can act as a dynamic “go to” index for the series.

The two concurrent curriculum streams:

Focus on tools, interface, menus, palettes, layouts, effects, navigation, clone techniques, brush creation and customization, advanced brush controls.

Focus on start to finish process and workflow, composition, use of value and color contrasts, artistic styles, handy artistic tips and techniques, emulating traditional art media and effects, inspiration of artists.

MECHANICS 1 – First Impressions: The Default User Interface
ARTISTRY 1 – Brushwork Basics: Taking Brushes for a Walk

MECHANICS 2 – Accelerate Your Creativity: Customize Your Workspace
ARTISTRY 2 – Set Yourself Free: Working Without Cloning or Undo

MECHANICS 3 – Starting a New Project: Canvas Size & Resolution
ARTISTRY 3 -The Power of Bold Statements: Go For It!

MECHANICS 4 – Effects and Adjustments to Enhance Your Source Image
ARTISTRY 4 – The Beauty of a Limited Color Palette: Simple Sepia

MECHANICS 5 – Distressing & Distorting: Lots of Possibilities!
ARTISTRY 5 – Scribble Drawing: Building Value through Density

MECHANICS 6 – Pattern Making: Repetition & Rhythm
ARTISTRY 6 – Portraits: Lighting for Impact & Drama

MARCH 2019
MECHANICS 7 – Ancient & Modern: Mosaics Revisited
ARTISTRY 7 – Outside In: Using Negative Space

APRIL 2019
MECHANICS 8 – Understanding General Brush Controls
ARTISTRY 8 – Painting with Abstraction in Mind

MAY 2019
MECHANICS 9 – Diving into Advanced Brush Controls – Part 1
ARTISTRY 9 – Portraits: Painting Eyes

JUNE 2019
MECHANICS 10 – Diving into Advanced Brush Controls – Part 2
ARTISTRY 10 – Landscapes: Atmospheric Perspective

JULY 2019
MECHANICS 11 – Plug-In Layers Menu
ARTISTRY 11 – Nighttime Cityscapes: Glow Brushes for Lighting

MECHANICS 12 – Effects Menu
ARTISTRY 12 – Clothing: Light & Shadows

MECHANICS 13 – Custom Palettes
ARTISTRY 13 – Figures: Connecting & Relating

MECHANICS 14 – Brush Expression Control
ARTISTRY 14 – A Little Goes a Long Way: The Power of Accents

Please note that any titles or portions of this curriculum not yet published on PaintboxTV are subject to change at any times. I will endeavor to publish on the 1st of each month but sometimes external circumstances may cause the publication date to slip by a few days. I will do my best! If there are any specific topics you’d like to see me cover in this curriculum, or if you have any comments or feedback you’d like to share, please email me. It’ll be great to hear from you!

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