View Full Version : Digital "Watercolors"

08-31-2000, 07:50 PM
I've been silently enjoying your chat and paintings for quite awhile! Have any of you used painting software on your computers to paint digital "watercolors"? I've painted in the traditional way for about 25 years, but always had difficulty finding enough studio time to do all I wanted to do. Recently, I've had some success using a tablet and painting software to paint wherever and whenever my laptop is on--e.g., during breaks at my other job; waiting for my car to be repaired; waiting in doctors' offices, etc. I've recently let people see some of these works and have found some buyer interest--that's always great...but, I don't have any idea how to answer the myriad questions I have about putting my work into people's hands. Any and all comments/help/support or just plain chat would be welcome!

08-31-2000, 09:00 PM
OUTPUT! My favorite topic! I have three recommendations for you:
Epson brand printers (they have a shallow feed path and they can accept archival, rough watercolor paper... AND they can use special archival ink cartridges). I use an Epson 1520 myself, which prints on paper up to 17x22+.</li>

These are the folks I buy all my ink from... they also have a lot of info and give FREE advice on the phone. They also sell packs of watercolor paper pre-cut to size (like 17x22, 8.5x11, etc).</li>

That's a page on my own website about my research into the subject of archival digital printing... a lot of people have found it useful.</li>

I've been at this a while, so if there's anything I can do to help, just let me know! What paint program are you using? I hear GREAT things about Fractal Design Painter.

-=- Jen "Wheeee!" Pixelscapes

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08-31-2000, 09:36 PM
Pix has the printing end covered, and I have been using Painter 5.5 (now available from www.corel.com) (http://www.corel.com)) for about 2 years. I can't resist tooting my own horn. So here's one of my manipulations <a href="http://webpages.charter.net/hentond/bogie.jpg">Bogie</a>

<a href="http://www.goodbrush.com">Charles Mullens</a> does some INCREDIBLE commerical art in Photoshop, including some paint simulations in Painter. The guy is an absolute inspiration for what can be done digitally. If we get enough Painter addicts, I can host a Net Painter session, where we can all paint together over the Internet!!

"Art is anything you can get away with." -- Marshall McLuhan

09-01-2000, 07:55 PM
Canon printers also have a very flat feed,

Rodzart from New Zealand (http://www.artistnation.com/members/paris/rodzart/)

09-01-2000, 09:26 PM
Wow! Thanks everyone for all your terrific advice. I'm currently printing my work on an Epson Stylus 1200 on Arches 180 CP or Lanaquarelle CP and have just ordered some Extreme Gamut archival ink cartidges.

Jen, thanks for directing me to your site; you added lots of clarity around what is still a relatively new medium and the impact that these new printers and archival inks have for those of us who would like to do our own printing. I look at this as enabling me to get more quality art into more hands at reasonable rates. Jen, I thought your explanations about digital prints, etc. that you provide buyers was excellent and certainly illustrates good customer service. BTW, enjoyed seeing your work--loved the leaves especially (and of course the costumes!).

dhenton, I'm an avid Painter user which I use with a Wacom tablet. Unfortunately, right now I only have Painter Classic so I can't do all the neat stuff I've found in the Wow, Painter book, but I still find the program to be real near to working with actual paints. I occasionally do some touch up work with PhotoShop but really like the Painter program. I do want to check out Fractals as I understand this allows one to dramatically increase the size of the original without image degradation. Have you or Jen ever used this? Would love to have an online "painting party"! Checked out Charles Mullens site--yes, awesome!!

Thanks for the info on the digital forum Victoria. I'll check it out. I feel real comfortable in the watercolor forum because of my history and because watercolor is closest to the type of digital images I create.

Rod, thanks also to you for the printer info; everytime I buy a printer, moments later a newer, better one comes out...at least that doesn't happen when ya paint with the squeezable stuff rather than with pixels, right?! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

My questions now relate to what I should charge for one of a kind and multiple digital prints. Recently, I did a portrait of a friend's baby as a gift. He now wants prints, which I will provide but I don't want to do this for free. It took about 10 hours for the original and I estimate it will take about an hour for each print, including pre and post prep work. Additionally, he has showed this work to a bunch of folks who are now also interested in similar commissions. I'm at a loss as to what to charge. It's amazing how "word of mouth" is helped by email!

Again, thanks for all the great input everyone! L

09-02-2000, 12:40 AM

I haven't looked at it, but I see there is a forum here on wetcanvas about digital art.