Corel recently released Painter 2015. Am happy with this version so far as it’s more stable than X3. I’m going to be more methodical about going through the Painter 2015 native brushes and media and avoid loading up with custom brushes that have been accumulated over several versions of Painter and from Painter artists. I set up a simple still life of apples and painted one with the Pastel brushes. I then designed some artwork for a notecard at my Zazzle Store.
Sometimes just exploring will produce something you just like to keep. Was experimenting with some brushes in Painter and decided to create a postcard and a greeting card at my Zazzle store. (
Our UCLA Retirees’ Association went on an amazing downtown Graffiti Art Tour headed by docent Man One, a leading urban muralist and artist. Thanks to him for a great tour! May 2014.
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May it be a start for fruitful beginnings. (Japanese persimmons, “kaki”)
I finally “got around” to drawing and painting a holiday card this year. (Also made it available for cards at my Zazzle store.) Seasons Cheers!
Getting back to some Illustrator work by primarily using the Astute Graphics vector plugins (Drawscribe, Vectorscribe). Want to gain more dexterity with these plugins by working with Art Nouveau style design motifs.
Built the vector artwork for this Art Nouveau panel of white roses. Still need to add a few more embellishments from the source illustration and fine tune the paths. I prefer building the vectors from scratch (vs. using live trace). I’ve been using the Astute Graphics plugins (primarily Drawscribe) to speed up the tedious path building.
Getting familiar with some Astute Graphics vector plugins (Drawscribe and Vectorscribe). Decided to take an art nouveau panel illustration by H. de Waroquier to practice use of the tools (these are primarily extensions of Adobe Illustrator’s basic pen tools). They take a little time to get used to because of muscle memory using the basic Illustrator pen, but overall pretty impressed with these plugins. This piece deserves a little more rework and refinement but wanted to practice with the new tools.
Was rummaging through my old Illustrator files and repurposed a radial design (albeit not perfectly radial). Then used a Chalet vector silhouette (House Industries) and brought them into Photoshop for a quick composite. Incorporated a hi-res texture (courtesy of the Night Owl Society from Von Glitschka).