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Watch tutorials, tips and tricks on using my favourite digital painting software called Corel Painter.
KNOW YOUR ART THEORIES
Learn more about drawing and painting. Watch tutorials and apply traditional methods to the digital world.
PAINTING SOFTWARE & TOOLS
Learn more about digital painting software, hardware and other useful tools.
The three important pillars of art in my eyes are knowing your medium (digital or traditional), knowing art theories, (concepts, techniques, style, art, science) and practicing.
As a golden saying goes “Practice makes perfect”, so review tutorials and practice as much as possible to develop your own style. I will be adding more video tutorials over time (the ones I have watched and others were kind enough to share). The books section (see below or click here) may also help you with learning more about art theories and painting (traditional or digital).
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Welcome to my ART section
I believe there are four pillars to the world of art:
1. Knowledge of Art theory and concepts
2. Tools (Digital or Traditional)
The first three can be influenced by yourself, while talent is a natural gift that helps excel just a little bit further.
I have compiled a list of books and videos that I have learnt from, and that will hopefully also help you learn more about the art and science of painting. The tools you use may vary (e.g. type of software you use, or type of hardware you use), but the art theories and concepts will still apply, even to digital medium.
Harmonious Color Schemes, by Elaine Barrette Farmer
I found this to be a great book on color theory and color harmonies. It is based on traditional art and traditional medium, but all the concepts still apply to digital medium and photography.
The author first provides a background and history to the so color wheel and then provides plenty examples of color schemes, color mixing and example paintings showcasing the color themes. Even if you use digital art and medium, the classic theories and art of mixing and combining colors still applies.
For photographers this could also provide learning and examples for selecting appropriate backgrounds colors to provide harmony with the main subject.
Painting for Photographers Volume 2, by Karen Sperling
This is the new and updated book from master painter Karen Sperling. This edition focuses on portraits and landscapes. The book is aimed at users of Corel Painter - the best software package for digital painting, especially if used in conjunction with a Wacom tablet and pen.
The author first provides plenty of examples and background to the art theories and styles. You will see how to create an artistic background theme to suit your subject. The book inspires you to learn, experiment and apply the concepts on your own photographs.
Painting for Photographers Volume 2, by Karen Sperling
This book is aimed at those that wish to take their photographs and turn them into digital paintings. It is aimed at users of Corel Painter - the best software package for digital painting, especially if used in conjunction with a Wacom tablet and pen.
The author first provides ample examples and background to the art theories and styles. You will see how to create an artistic background theme to suit your subject. The book inspires you to learn, experiment and apply the concepts on your own photographs.
Painter 12 for Photographers, by Martin Addison
Although this book mentions Corel Painter version 12, it still is very useful for the latest edition of Corel Painter (2017). It is aimed people wishing to turn their photographs into painterly images.
The author provides detailed instructions and screen shots along the way making it easy to follow. There are plenty of examples of paintings, as well as capabilities and functions of the Corel Painter program. A great companion for learning Corel Painter.
50 Modern Artists You Should Know, by Christiane Weidemann and Christine Nippe
This is a great book highlighting some of the greatest artists of our times. It gives a brief background to the artists, their style, and some examples of their art.
If you want to learn more about art and apply ancient theory and style to your paintings and drawings, then this is a great book to start with.
Digital Painting Fundamentals with Corel Painter 12, by Rhoda Grossman Draws
This is a good book to help you get started with Corel Painter and digital painting. Do not worry about the version (12) it focuses on - the concepts and examples will still work in Corel Painter 2017. There may of course be some differences in steps and menus, but the overall ideas and paintings will still work in the newest version of Corel Painter.
The Drawing Lessons, by Mark Crilley
This is a great book to help you get started with drawing and painting. The theories and concepts apply to the traditional and digital medium. The book is a fun based comic novel that guides you through important lessons of learning how to learn to draw.
Follow young boy David along his journey of learning how to draw. The sequence of the chapters provide a structure for beginners and help start with the basics leading up to more advanced techniques. These lessons are relevant for traditional and digital painting.
Drawing & Painting Cats, by Vic Bearcroft
This book is aimed at those that wish to paint or draw pictures of domestic cats or big cats (Tigers, Lions).
The author provides instructions of the process as well as examples to follow or be inspired from. This book is based on traditional medium (e.g. paper, pencil, pastels), but the drawing an painting concepts also apply to the digital medium.
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