Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dipping back to Painter

Given the stresses at work lately, and what with my roommate just adding to them (and I don't know why, normally she's fairly cool about things.. but lately she's just really getting on my nerves in disgusting ways), I HAD to draw something.. doodle something.. paint something.

I don't use Corel Painter Essentials 4 very often (it came with my Wacom Bamboo Fun+) anymore.. but I do love how it replicates brush-strokes.

While trying to think of something to creatively vent.. I recalled a tweet by the always talented Eric Orchard about Painter and decided I'd whip this mixed-media up in an effort to show him some of the subtleties and niceness that Painter has over say, Photoshop, for painting.
Sure, you can make brushed in PS, but unless you are anally-meticulous and go through the various trial&error strokes to see the effects, PS custom brushes are fairly useless for replicating that actual-paint feeling that Painter (as per it's name, duh) captures.

So, this is watercolours over-top round-bristle acrylics with very few fine-point-pen ink lines and some light airbrushing inside the swirl.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Pinball Creativity

There's this thing I call 'Pinball Creativity'.

Essentially what happens is, you read something, hear something, observe something.. but not much, only a little bit, and like the coiled-spring in a pinball machine, it fires off an idea to go bouncing around your head for a while, and when the product finally comes out, it very rarely if ever is obviously from whence it came.

(because while it *is* possible to flipper-shoot the ball back into the launchpad, it doesn't happen very often while playing pinball)

This is what has brought the following image about.

And I can blame Cameron M Stewart for it. Blame?? Thank, I suppose. Either one works, depending, hah!
He had posted a link to an image on twitter, and I looked at it..and while trying to be funny, most likely made myself out to be a nitpicky asshole. But it bounced something around in my head for a bit.

So, here you go.. if you like it, thank Cameron Stewart and share it (giving proper credit & link-back, of course)
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