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!