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Digital Painting Fundamentals with Corel Painter X3 Paperback – Sep 30 2013
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About the Author
Rhoda Draws has been a traditional fine artist, caricaturist and cartoonist since 1970. She began working digitally in 1991 and has been a teacher of traditional drawing and digital painting since 1997. Rhoda is the author or co-author of several books on Painter and Photoshop. She is the author of three multimedia tutorial courses on Painter for Virtual Training Corporation (VTC) and is an award-winning pioneer in creating caricatures digitally at events, dba "Rhoda Draws A Crowd."
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She encourages experimentation and improvisation, such as on page 37 with "To Clone or Not to Clone?" I'm a huge fan of paper textures in Painter and loved the way she captures the roof top texture as a paper texture and then applies it back into the painting on page 65 - a great example of the power of making custom papers in Painter.
Liquid Inks are an under-appreciated brush category in Painter with their incredible graphic qualities and "Resist" variants that etch into your brush strokes in a very organic way. I really like Rhoda's example on page 179 of using Liquid Ink brushes with the Reverse-Out Composite Method (the equivalent of blending modes in Photoshop). I can't wait to try it out myself!!
All-in-all you'll enjoy this book whether you're starting off or, as in my case, a long time Painter user, and I am certain, no matter what, you'll get some useful tips, techniques and ideas from it, not mention a good chuckle throughout:-)
The books has its goods and bads. Basically it is a book that fits someone just learning painter, has an understanding of it on a basic level, but would like to learn more to get to a medium level. It does an ok job of that.
The artist and writer appears to be very involved in doing caricatures of people and is quite good at it. If the author had based a book around that and other art forms around that, it probably would have been very good. The problem is much of the other art she covered was not very good.... As someone who does a lot of work with Painter, I found myself really not liking much of the other work. It seemed very rushed, as if there was a deadline and she needed to just get something done to fill the pages. Also, many of the 230 pages seem to be filled with fodder. Many pages just have a bunch of scribbles that show what can be done if you scribble with a number of Painters brushes, but don't add anything. Other pages with instruction are sparse and seem to be spread out to fill more pages. It appears in order to be the first book out for Painter X3, it was rushed and really has little deeper knowledge, like you would expect from an expensive book.
Sorry to be such a downer on it, but I really did not get hardly anything out of this book and was definitely disappointed from that respect.
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