Watercolor Still Life

Here's a demo I did when the "new" watercolor brushes were introduced in Painter. While I agree that they can produce a more  "authentic" watercolor look on the computer than the now-called "digital" watercolor brushes, I still wish they were faster and less memory intensive.

  • Good paper tips! The grain slider adjustment was something new to me. I thought the hot press would be like real hot press and be slick and so I did not try it. I will now.

  • Danno -

    This was done when these were introduced, probably Painter 7 as I recall. I think the paper was Hot Press Watercolor, which is still available in the paper libraries in Painter 10.

    I actually think the Italian and French watercolor papers in the default library in 10 look pretty good.

    Here's another hint about the paper textures - I always enlarge them and increase the contrast in the Papers palette to help bring out their qualities some. I know I did this here. And as you've probably discovered, in many variants cases you actually have to LOWER the grain slider number to exaggerate their "depth".

  • Thanks for the hint Stewart! Those large camels can be slow. Which paper did you use? I have gone through lots of papers in the libraries but haven't found one that really looks like watercolor paper like yours.

  • Thanks for the kind words, folks! I did this quite awhile ago as a demo for my class. I took a photo of the objects, did a pencil sketch, and painted.

    Here's a hint to get the watercolor paper texture wash in the background:

    I used a large wash brush (camel I think) but it can be VERY slow at higher resolutions. So I simply did it at "screen res" (72dpi) and then increased the resolution to 300.

    Normally this is a no-no as it can result in blurry images, but in this case it just made the wash smoother. I then painted the objects with smaller brushes that aren't so slow.

    Good luck!

  • Superb. You have given me an effect to aspire to as I do love the real watercolour look.