Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Question of (Gray) Balance


My December/January AfterCapture Magazine Express Yourself! column is now available for download as a PDF file. This column provides a conceptual underpinning for Color Management—digital imaging's chief bogey man.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Painter 11: Mastering Brushes Finishes Production



Production on my new lynda.com title, Painter 11: Mastering Brushes, finished up yesterday after a day-and-a-half of live action shooting on the LDC soundstage. We recorded introductions for the 5 media chapters: bristle media, dry media, watercolor media, ink media, and utility media. In each introduction, I demonstrate qualities of the traditional forms of these media and talk about how Painter emulates each.

Here is the title breakdown:

1. Brush Engine Terminology: A Vocabulary of Terms Used in the Brush Controls
2. Two Methods of Control: Brush Controls Palette vs. the Brush Creator
3. Bristle Media
4. Utility Media
5. Dry Media
6. Ink Media
7. Watercolor Media
8. An Approach to Expressive Brush Design
9. Brush Library Organization: Personalized Customization

Painter 11: Mastering Brushes should be out in the February/March time frame. A big thanks to title producer Nick Brazzi, and live production team Jason, Loren, and Andrew.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

lynda.com Painter Brushes Title in Progress

I'm currently in the midst of preparing my upcoming lynda.com Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes title. Below is an outline of the chapters:

1. Brush Engine Terminology: A Vocabulary of Terms Used in the Brush Controls
2. Two Methods of Control: Brush Controls Palette vs. the Brush Creator
3. Bristle Media
4. Utility Media
5. Dry Media
6. Ink Media
7. Watercolor Media
8. An Approach to Expressive Brush Design
9. Brush Library Organization: Personalized Customization
10. The Journey of Personal Expression: Painter's Brushes in Practice

We'll be introducing each of the media chapters with a live segment that takes a look at its traditional counterpart. I'll be heading to Ventura, CA December 12 to record.

In a related note, I came across artist Brad Teare's excellent new blog, Thick Paint. Brad is a successful illustrator-turned-painter who has delved deep into impasto-style oil painting. He's using his blog to post his observations on thick paint as a style, and includes some very nice instructional video, as well.

Below is a recent entry:



I'll be watching Brad's blog; it looks to be a highly informative source of information!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

John's Watercolors now Painter IX Compatible


John's Watercolors—brushes that produce a remarkably easy-to-use emulation of their traditional counterpart—are now compatible with Painter IX. This compatibility refresh enables users of this older version of Painter to take advantage of the advanced watercolor looks possible with these custom brushes. Included with John's Watercolors is an explanatory PDF and links to video tutorials that demonstrate how to use these breakthrough digital watercolors.

The video tutorials cover:

Brush Organization
Watercolor Color Set
Demonstrations of the brushes with tips and tricks
Cloning with John's Watercolors
Installing John's Watercolors into Painter
Sample Painting Demonstration


Here are user samples created using John's Watercolors:

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John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Hilarious Cartoons Featuring Corel Painter

"Painter Surface Texture"


Run—do not walk—over to Victor Lunn-Rockcliffe's hilarious Painter cartoon page at PBase. I featured Victor a few weeks ago with a piece he created using John's Watercolors.

Victor possesses a distinctly unique way of visually describing his journey while learning Painter. Done in a pen & ink style, he takes various Painter tools and concepts, putting his own detailed spin on them. Anyone familiar with or just delving into Painter will immediately identify with Victor's subjects.

I have to admit that the first time I read through these fabulous insights into Painter, I was laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my cheeks! Victor has a penchant for minutely detailing concepts in a manner that is both humorous and revealing.

Do yourself a favor and head over to Victor's colorful Painter cartoon page. It'll definitely put a smile on your face!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Design for Obama Compilation Released


Design for Obama, published by the design and architectural book publisher, Taschen, has been released this week to commemorate the one year anniversary of the presidency.

Hundreds of artists and designers expressed support for the Obama candidacy by designing posters and submitting them to designforobama.org for free download. This selection of the very best—curated by Spike Lee and Aaron Perry-Zucker—is a visual document of the most inspirational U.S. presidential campaign in living history.

I am honored to have two of my designs included in this compilation. Both designs were created with a combination of Painter and Photoshop.

Below are the two designs.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Intro to Portraiture Tutorial Now Available


The All Things Painter Introduction to Portraiture webinar is now available for purchase as a downloadable QuickTime movie.

This 90-minute tutorial covers the start-to-finish workflow of expressive interpretation of a photographic portrait source into a painted result.

Subjects covered:
Preparation in Photoshop
Non-destructive Layer Painting Explained
Brush Organization
Background-to-Foreground Subject Workflow
Focus on the Face
Skin Treatment
Preserving Facial Character
Eyes: The Window to the Soul
Hair: Simplifying Complexity

Here are some of the comments of attendees that participated in the webinar:
"This was a wonderful webinar. So much to learn and think about my mind is spinning."
"What usually takes a year to learn...John does it in an hour or two."
"Fantastic - throughly enjoyed it and learned a lot."
"Absolutely fantastic. I picked up so many pointers, I can't wait to put them into practice."
"Fantastic Seminar. So many lightbulb moments."
"John had a great, simple way to present the topic."

Below is a short video sample from the tutorial:

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This tutorial isn't intended as an exhaustive class; rather, it is an introduction that will clarify the key aspects of expressive digital portrait interpretation. If you are interested in this creative use of digital paint tools, this tutorial will provide you with a clear starting point.

The Introduction to Portraiture Tutorial is $20. You can purchase this downloadable movie by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.





Monday, November 2, 2009

It's Official...


I am currently working on a new title for lynda.com: Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes. I've been wanting to do this title for a long time, and the stars have finally aligned. In my workshops and emails, I constantly detect a definite "fear factor" when it comes to Painter's Brush Controls.

I'll admit that these controls can look like a 747 cockpit to many, but there definitely is a method to the madness and I intend to create a brush "bible" of sorts that takes the veil off of this crucial aspect of Painter.

Rather than solely relying on Painter's brush presets—Variants—users should feel comfortable adjusting and crafting brushes to suit one's own unique expressive voice. This is the goal of Mastering Brushes. Even though it is titled to reflect Painter 11, this title will be educational for users of any version of Painter.

The release date hasn't been set, but there is a good chance I'll be recording this title at lynda.com in Ventura, CA in December. If you don't see me here as often in the next month or so, now you'll know why!

Friday, October 30, 2009

John's Watercolor User: Athos Boncompagni

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Illustrator Athos Boncompagni of Arezzo, Italy created this portrait with John's Watercolors. "Your brushes are really amazing! They were really helpful to render this kind of picture."

To see more of Athos' artwork, visit his website, Athos' Website: Creativity Hunter. You can also visit here to see a series of Athos' portraits done with John's Watercolors.

If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

All Things Painter Webinar: Intro to Portraiture this Friday, October 23


The All Things Painter Introduction to Portraiture webinar is this Friday, so there's a limited time left to sign up. If you are shooting photographic portraits of friends, family, or as a business—then this webinar is for you. Expressive photographic interpretation elevates a photograph to a unique hand-wrought artwork. This webinar will introduce you to the interpretive process by watching over the artist's shoulder as I transform a photographic portrait into a painted result. I'll explain the key concepts involved. as well as demonstrate various time-reducing shortcuts.

I've created hundreds of expressive interpretations for professional portrait studios around the country. In this webinar, I'll detail—from start-to-finish—my process of transforming a photographic portrait into an expressive painted artwork.

Whether you sign up for the webinar or not, you may be interested in a two-part column I wrote for AfterCapture magazine on the subject of expressive portrait interpretation. You can download these two articles as PDF files here:

Portrait Enhancement, Part 1
Portrait Enhancement, Part 2


A one-hour demonstration won't turn you into an expressive portrait master, but it will provide you with an organized basis for diving into this exciting and rewarding artform. In addition, we'll have a 10-minute Q&A following the demonstration. A video of the webinar will be available to attendees following the live presentation.

After the Q&A, an attendee's name will be drawn at random. The winner will receive a copy of my lynda.com Painter 11 Essentials DVD.

If you've wanted to give portraiture a try, but haven't known where to start, then this webinar is for you!

The Introduction to Portraiture webinar is this Friday, October 23. Here is the time for various time zones:

11:30 AM PDT
12:30 PM MDT
1:30 PM CDT
2:30 PM EDT
7:30 PM • UK
8:30 PM • Rome


Registration has closed.

Friday, October 16, 2009

John's Watercolors User: Bob Nolin

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Artist Bob Nolin of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania painted this portrait as his first piece done with John's Watercolors. "I’ve just begun exploring what these brushes can do, but already I’m quite impressed."

To see more of Bob's artwork, visit his website, A Work of Art Studio. Bob also hosts Digital Image Magazine, which explores image-making on the computer and is a great source of information for digital artists.

If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!

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Monday, October 12, 2009

All Things Painter Webinar: From Photo to Painted Portrait


This upcoming All Things Painter webinar will focus on Portraiture. I will spend the majority of the time demonstrating how to deal with the primary subject: the face. Skin, hair, lips, and eyes will be covered. I'll show how to utilize light and shadow to enhance the subject. This one-hour webinar will be on Friday, October 23, at 11AM PDT.

I've created hundreds of expressive interpretations for professional portrait studios around the country. In this webinar, I'll detail—from start-to-finish—my process of transforming a photographic portrait into an expressive painted artwork.

A one-hour demonstration won't turn you into an expressive portrait master, but it will provide you with an organized basis for diving into this exciting and rewarding artform. In addition, we'll have a 10-minute Q&A following the demonstration. A video of the webinar will be available to attendees following the live presentation.

After the Q&A, an attendee's name will be drawn at random. The winner will receive a copy of my lynda.com Painter 11 Essentials DVD.

If you've wanted to give portraiture a try, but haven't known where to start, then this webinar is for you!

Registration has closed.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Update: Free Watercolor Webinar Downloads


Last week's free All Things Painter John's Watercolors webinar had 158 attendees and was a success based on the emails I've received. I've now got the webinar available as a downloadable Quicktime movies.

I've additionally got the Kaleidocolors portion of the webinar available as a separate Quicktime movie. The Painter Kaleidocolors template file and a PDF instruction chart are included in the ZIP file.

Note that Kaleidocolors is for Painter and will not work in other applications.

Win a lynda.com Painter 11 Essential Training DVD


One lucky attendee of my upcoming All Things Painter Introduction to Portraiture webinar will win a free copy of my lynda.com Painter 11 Essential Training DVD—a $99 value. Are you interested in Painter? Are you interested in expressive portraiture interpretation? Then this webinar is for you.

Registration has closed.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

All Things Painter Webinar: Introduction to Portraiture


As digital cameras and inkjet printers become ubiquitous, more and more Painter users want to create expressive portraits of friends and family. But where to start? For this 1-hour All Things Painter webinar, I'll provide an instructional demonstration that illustrates my approach to expressive portrait interpretation. This one-hour webinar will be on Friday, October 23, at 11AM PDT.

Over the past several years, I've created hundreds of expressive interpretations for professional portrait studios around the country. In this webinar, I'll detail—from start-to-finish—my process of transforming a photographic portrait into an expressive painted artwork.

A one-hour demonstration won't turn you into an expressive portrait master, but it will provide you with an organized basis for diving into this exciting and rewarding artform. In addition, we'll have a 10-minute Q&A following the demonstration. A video of the webinar will be available to attendees following the live presentation.

After the Q&A, an attendee's name will be drawn at random. The winner will receive a copy of my lynda.com Painter 11 Essentials DVD.

If you've wanted to give portraiture a try, but haven't known where to start, then this webinar is for you!

TRegistration has closed.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

John's Watercolors: Gel Eraser Fix

During Friday's All Thinga Painter webinar, I explained how John's Watercolors' Gel Eraser brush was inadvertently save and distributed with a less-than-optimal setting. The Gel Eraser—as distributed—only erases the brush strokes on a layer, but not the layer transparency. In order to effectively erase both the layer color and reveal any underlying imagery, an adjustment must be made.

1. In the Brush Selector Bar, select the Gel Eraser.
2. Open the Window > Brush Controls > General palette.
3. Change the Subcategory pulldown menu from Soft Painter Remover to Soft Paper Color.
4. In the Brush Selector Bar's Options flyout menu, select Set Default Variant.

That's it. The Gel Eraser will now erase both color and transparency from a layer, revealing any underlying imagery.


John's Watercolors have been updated to reflect this change. New purchases will contain the correct version of the Gel Eraser.

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!

All Things Painter Webinar Followup: Q&A

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Yesterday's All Things Painter webinar went well other than an unexpected glitch that caused me to temporarily go "off the air" for 3-4 minutes. Karen and I are going to do some troubleshooting to eliminate this issue from future webinars.

There were several questions asked during the Q&A session following the watercolor demonstration that we didn't have time to answer, so here are the Q's and the A's...

Q: Is it true that Painter 11 brushes can cause problems in Painter X, and if so, how can I tell which version your or any Painter brushes are?
A: Yes, Painter 11 brushes can potentially be problematic when installed in earlier versions of Painter. This is due to new brush features in Painter 11. If a P11 brush utilizes one of these features (and not all P11 brushes do) and is then installed in Painter X, an error message results. My brushes come in 2 sets: Painter 11 and Painter X compatible. Other than brushes identified as such, there is no easy way to know what version of Painter they originated from.

Q: Sometimes when doing a collage or watercolor painting I like to sand off some paint to reveal whats underneath. Is there a way to get that look in Painter X?
A: If you are working on a layer, the Eraser Tool can be used to erase both the layer's pixels and visibility mask. The effect is like "sanding off some pixels".

Q: Please ask John how he got that spattered watercolor background on his Painter desktop.
A: I am on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard). I used a utility, SpaceSuit, to cover up my desktop during the webinar. Alternatively, any image can be used as the desktop background.

Q: Hi, if you print the image after it is done, which paper or method would you use?
A: I have an Epson 7600 24" inkjet printer. I have been printing on Arches Infinity. However, Arches was purchased and Infinity is no longer available. I am currently researching potential replacements, which include Hahnemuhle, Epson, Breathing Color, and PremierArt.

Q: Why do you group before dropping layers?
A: I was grouping, then collapsing layers. This combines multiple layers into a single layer. It is a technique for keeping an image's layer count low.

Q: What was the "convert to shape" message you got? I get it too and never understand what's going on.
A: Sometimes Painter will save an image with a selection in a state that prompts the Convert to Shape message when opening the file. If you say No, the file will close. I routinely answer Yesand continue on. You may end up with an empty Shape layer, which you can delete.

Q: Will there be a a recording for those who missed it?
A: Yes, I am editing it down and will post a link as soon as it is finished.

Q: I took this Webinar recently...but I have had zero luck installing the brushes...they end up in the correct folder but don't show up in the selector bar. What is wrong?
A: Brush Categories—like John's Watercolors—are made up of a folder containing the brush files (John's Watercolors) and a same-named JPEG file (John's Watercolors.jpg). Both of these items must be in the user's Painter Brushes folder (not with the John's Watercolors JPEG inside the John's Watercolors folder, but at the same hierarchy level). Otherwise, you'll have the problem you describe.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Last Call: Free All Things Painter Webinar


Signup for this Friday's free All Things Painter webinar featuring John's Watercolors will close tomorrow at 9:00AM PDT.

For this session, I'll create an image from start-to-finish, explaining how I employ and adjust the brushes as I go. I'll describe how layers—and their adjustment—can enhance the art.

We'll have a 10-minute Q&A at the end.

Following the Q&A, an attendee's name will be drawn at random. The winner will receive a copy of my lynda.com Painter 11 Essentials DVD.

If you have John's Watercolors—or even if you don't!—you'll definitely want to attend this free All Things Painter webinar.

If you're interested in Painter, I guarantee you won't get bored!

I hope you'll join me!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

All Things Painter Webinar Preview: Kaleidocolors

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Sometimes we'll sit down with Painter and be at a loss as to what to create. A technique that I've developed—Kaleidocolors—serves to get you warmed up with your tools' various techniques, as well as provide a creativity charging activity. As part of this Friday's Free All Things Painter 1-hour webinar, I'll introduce Kaleidocolors. Attendees will receive a free Kaleidocolors template file for use in Painter X and 11.

For this webinar, I'm going to do an instructional demonstration painting with John's Watercolors. I'll create an image from start-to-finish, explaining how I employ and adjust the brushes as I go. I'll describe how layers—and their adjustment—can enhance the art.

We'll have a 10-minute Q&A at the end.

Following the Q&A, an attendee's name will be drawn at random. The winner will receive a copy of my lynda.com Painter 11 Essentials DVD.

If you have John's Watercolors—or even if you don't!—you'll definitely want to attend this free All Things Painter webinar.

If you're interested in Painter, I guarantee you won't get bored!

I hope you'll join me!

Monday, September 28, 2009

John's Watercolors User: Pauline Black

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Artist Pauline Black of Busselton, Western Australia created this beach scene as her first piece done with John's Watercolors. "It took a couple of hours to do and I was so engrossed and thankful that John’s new brush set is so much easier to handle."

To see more of Pauline's artwork, visit her website.

Next Friday, October 2, I will be hosting a free All Things Painter webinar at 11:00AM PDT. I'll demonstrate John's Watercolors by creating an image from start to finish.

Find out what the excitement over these brushes is all about! In addition, one lucky attendee will win a free copy of my lynda.com Painter 11 Essential Training DVD, a $99 value! You can sign up here.

If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!

Friday, September 25, 2009

John's Watercolors User: Giovanna Gazzolo

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Italian artist Giovanna Gazzolo of Rome created this impressionistic portrait with John's Watercolors. Gio says, "This morning I received an email with John's Watercolor brushes. Had to try them! While I was drawing I realized that there could be a lot of opportunities or combinations for some future paintings."

To see more of Giovanna's artwork, visit her website.

Next Friday, October 2, I will be hosting a free All Things Painter webinar at 11:00AM PDT. I'll demonstrate John's Watercolors by creating an image from start to finish.

Find out what the excitement over these brushes is all about! In addition, one lucky attendee will win a free copy of my lynda.com Painter 11 Essential Training DVD, a $99 value! You can sign up here.

If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

John's Watercolors User: Joan Hamilton

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Canadian artist Joan Hamilton created Afternoon at the Pond with a combination of John's Watercolors and her own watercolor brushes. "John Derry's watercolour brushes go a step further towards being able to execute some random watercolour marks.", Joan says. "I have been trying to get a looser, wetter watercolour look for quite some time and your brushes really helped."

To see more of Joan's digital watercolor work, visit her website, joanahamilton.com

Don't miss my free All Things Painter webinar on Friday, October 2 at 11:00AM PDT. I'll demonstrate John's Watercolors by creating an image from start to finish. Find out what the excitement over these brushes is all about! In addition, one lucky attendee will win a free copy of my lynda.com Painter 11 Essential Training DVD, a $99 value! You can sign up here.

If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!

Monday, September 21, 2009

John's Watercolors User: Sam Gaylord

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Michigan artist Sam Gaylord used John's Watercolors to create the charming Love Letter. This is only Sam's second effort using John's Watercolors!

If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!





Friday, September 18, 2009

Digital Paint Magazine: September Issue


The September issue of Digital Paint Magazine is out. Download of this PDF publication is free.

This month's issue contains interviews with photorealist painter, Bruce Burkholder; Photoshop artist and marketing wizard, Mark Montciardini; and yours truly. Sian Lindemann talks about artists setting goals. Digital Art Academy founder, Karen Bonaker, lays down the basics of webinars for those new to this exciting new distance learning technology. And artist and designer, Jill Tovey, provides a combined Painter and Photoshop tutorial.

Check it out!

John's Watercolors User: Victor Lunn Rockcliffe

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Victor Lunn Rockcliffe used John's Watercolors to apply a color wash to his lovely pen & ink drawing, Woodland Stream. "I selected a complex subject of a woodland stream and used this to try out every single in John's gel brush wc variants.", says Victor. "I will definitely be using these brushes as firm favourites in the future."

Victor has a gallery of excellent work on PBase. You really owe it to yourself to take a look and visually drink it in!

If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Win a lynda.com Painter 11 Essential Training DVD


Win a FREE lynda.com Painter 11 Essential Training DVD valued at $99. How? By attending my upcoming FREE All Things Painter Webinar at 11:00AM PDT on Thursday, October 2!

For this All Things Painter session, using John's Watercolors I'll create an image from start-to-finish, explaining how I employ and adjust the brushes as I go. I'll describe how layers—and their adjustment—can enhance the art.

We'll have a 10-minute Q&A at the end.

Following the Q&A, an attendee's name will be drawn at random. The winner will receive a copy of my lynda.com Painter 11 Essentials DVD.

If you have John's Watercolors—or even if you don't!—you'll definitely want to attend this free All Things Painter webinar.

If you're interested in Painter, I guarantee you won't get bored...and hey, did I mention: It's FREE!

I hope you'll join me!

Sign up here

Thursday, September 10, 2009

FREE All Things Painter Webinar - October 2/11AM PST



For this 1-hour All Things Painter webinar, I'm going to do an instructional demonstration painting with John's Watercolors.

I've had time to use these brushes more extensively. As a result, I have quite a few little tips and tricks that can be useful in getting the most out of these brushes.

For this session, I'll create an image from start-to-finish, explaining how I employ and adjust the brushes as I go. I'll describe how layers—and their adjustment—can enhance the art.

We'll have a 10-minute Q&A at the end.

Following the Q&A, an attendee's name will be drawn at random. The winner will receive a copy of my lynda.com Painter 11 Essentials DVD.

If you have John's Watercolors—or even if you don't!—you'll definitely want to attend this free All Things Painter webinar.

If you're interested in Painter, I guarantee you won't get bored!

I hope you'll join me!

Sign up here

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

John's Watercolors User: Mitch Bell

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I received this cowboy portrait from Painter user Jim Bell. Jim utilized John's Watercolors to create the rich texture throughout the image. The texture imbues the portrait with a rich roughhewn leathery quality. Excellent work, Mitch!

I'm always surprised to see how users employ my brushes. If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Chicago in the Round


My August/September AfterCapture Magazine Express Yourself! column is now available for download as a PDF file. This column describes my technique using Painter's Pattern Pen as a tool to create circular panoramas.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Cloning Around with John's Watercolors

I've finally had some time to play around with the new brushes. I wanted to experiment with a combination of cloning and hand-drawn techniques. This image, Dundee Morn, is based on a photo I shot one early Saturday morning before local businesses had opened.

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