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madster
02-23-2007, 01:12 AM
Got my copy of Painter X yesterday, and today, got enough time to play a bit.
Here's my version of "Portrait of Jen," from the RIL
About 3 hours. I fuss too much.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2007/11834-Jen.jpg


~M

TxAggieDarlin
02-23-2007, 10:20 AM
FANTASTIC

barryt
02-23-2007, 02:24 PM
I like that very much Madster, which brushes did you use and did you have any problems?

madster
02-23-2007, 05:24 PM
I started with with the default "Real Bristle" brushes, at a low opacity, but I'm having some trouble with losing pen sensitivity. John Derry has a post about souping up your wacom, so I need to find that and see if it helps.
I tend to be an "old dog," unable to easily change media and brushes. I find one I like for an image, and then just use the [ and ] keys to resize it on the fly in 5px increments.

I roughed out the basic shape, with the most noticeable highlights and shadows:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2007/11834-1.jpg
I then went to the acrylics brushes, and used the Wet Acrylic brush, and the Fine detail blender to start filling in areas with color, using the original photo as a color source, one of Painter X's new bells and whistles. VERY easy to color match now!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2007/11834-2.jpg
I then started blending and adjusting, trying not to overwork everything too much.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2007/11834-3.jpg

And just kept working on it until I realized that if I didn't stop, I'd be up all night on a "speedpainting..."

Other than the pressure sensitivity thing, I've had no crashes or other problems at all. I really enjoy being able to customize the keyboard! I've moved some things around to better match Photoshop keyboard shortcuts, and have utilized all the F-keys to simplify access to the Brush Tracker, Size the image to fit the screen (quick for getting back to viewability after zooming in), toggle some palettes, like the Divine Proportion, and give me one-key "select all" and "quick clone" functions.

Still haven't played too much with the new color mixer, although I did try a bit of it on the rose at the end.
I like Painter X. It STILL has some stupid code quirks, which they will hopefully fix within another 3-5 releases, but it is a big improvement over 8.01.

~M

LadyAlba
02-23-2007, 05:34 PM
Just beautiful and thanks for the wips too! Always fun to see how someone goes about their paintings. :wave:

barryt
02-23-2007, 06:14 PM
thanks for the explanation :) Glad you like PX. I keep starting there then going back to 8 because of a few quirks.

madster
02-23-2007, 07:07 PM
Barry, please tell me your quirks, as I'm interested in seeing if others gnash their teeth over the same things I do.

My greatest one is the lack of a SIMPLE B&W color default command, but I have a few others that I've scrawled in the back of my Painter 8 manual.
The difference is, I end up going back to Photoshop to accomplish some things, then returning to Painter.
I only save mosaics as .riff files. everything else is .psd because of it...

Thank you ALL for the kind compliments. I am glad you like my portrait study. I wanted to do another one, but am wanting to take up the "Van Gogh Challenge" (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=403792) over in the Photography Digital Manipulations forum, first. Painter X has the new "underpainting effect," with an "Impressionist" setting, so I want to experiment a bit before coming back to painting.

~M

justjean
02-23-2007, 09:40 PM
Lovely painting of Jen with great colouring :thumbsup: I keep going back to IX, I seem to have more control in IX than X :)

barryt
02-24-2007, 05:36 AM
The things I find irritating are:
I can't resize a window as easily, it doesn't drag like 8 does. There's a pause, then it sometimes comes. Resizing the picture in the window when I want to zoom in; the pic sometimes zooms to zero before coming back too large. The brushes acttually seem slowewr and I can't resize a brush using the slider as easily. What I like is thet riff files are saved in a way I can see the thumbnail pic, something 8 doesn't do.

jhercilia
02-24-2007, 11:15 AM
Nice wip.
What do you mean by souping up the wacom?

omniartz
02-24-2007, 01:43 PM
Lovely, Maddy! It's nice to see as a WIP too thanks for sharing the step you took! :)

Skinny
02-26-2007, 11:22 AM
Excellent! Thanks muchly too for givings us a view of the workup.

Artlike!
03-01-2007, 09:38 AM
Thanks for sharing a beautiful portrait and giving us some insight on how it was done.........great!

Ed

digistyle
03-02-2007, 01:34 PM
Good stuff, Maddy!