Thursday, February 11, 2010
Painting with Painter
Sigh. I've graduated to painting now. I decided to take a piece from a book I did while back and redo it digitally. Its a simple 'shapey' style - line and watercolor. Should be easy, right? Ha.
Actually, the painting itself isn't hard. Its fun to choose which kind of watercolor brush or drawing tool you want, and how big to make it, etc. etc. etc. What's driving me nuts is trying to understand WHY if something is a 'gel' layer, then it goes back to 'default', or back to 'gel' again, it looks all crazy. Or WHY some other thing will do something that doesn't make any sense, and screw up something I just spent an hour doing. Or WHY do you have to remember to save as a Painter RIFF format to preserve the layers - and if you forget and don't when you save for the last time late at night, when you reopen the file in the morning its all flattened and you've lost everything you worked on all day the day before and can't fix it, and you have to start all over.
Stuff like that.
But I will keep on. I think its like learning to drive. Remember how at first it was all so awkward, and each thing you did you had to really think about, and it took forever for it to become automatic and intuitive? I guess this is the same way. I do like the simple round watercolor brush to fill in shapes with, and the crayon to draw with. I can't figure out how to get a good sky though. At this point it would still be faster to do it the old fashioned way.
So that's where I am. Hopefully next time I'll be happier.