This “speed painting” video shares the creation of a painting based on my photograph of an Amsterdam canal and inspired by the brush stroke structure and color combinations of Van Gogh. I used the three brush variants discussed in Part 2 of this tutorial: Van Gogh Cloner (in Cloners category), Van Gogh and Auto Van Gogh (in Artists category). I also used the Impressionist (Artists category). At the end of the process I used Effects > Surface Control > Apply Surface Texture using Image Luminance to add a three dimensional embossment giving the impression of thick paint. This video does not include any instructional training, it merely shows creative process—art in action—with a musical background. The actual painting took about 45 minutes and has been compressed into about four minutes.
There are a few take-aways to note as you watch this “speed painting” video that can be instructive in the way you approach painting from photo reference in Painter. They are:
Almost NO cloning! You’ll see that throughout the process I pick my own color, usually from the Temporal Color Palette. Clone color will generally be grayer and less expressive, interesting and exciting compared with color you pick.
SIMPLE desktop. I hide the UI (User Interface) whenever possible (using the Tab key) and then paint without any palettes showing, just bringing up the Temporal Color Palette frequently as I adjust color.
FREQUENT adjustment to hue, value and saturation. See how often I am changing color.
INTENTIONAL brush stroke direction and length. Every mark I make is sculpting the forms in the painting.
Use of SOURCE image as reference in top left from 2 minutes 28 seconds in to the video. Even though I started painting directly on top of the photo, I reached a certain point when it was essential to observe the source photo as a separate image. This is observationally based painting.
Video length: 4 minutes 15 seconds
December 4, 2013
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Thick Paint: Inspired by van Gogh (Part 2)
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