Thursday, August 07, 2008

When you can't paint worth a darn

Light the heck out of it. It's a night scene, after all.

I decided I'd start with the background this time and wouldn't let myself get off easy as I usually do. The result- a mood of continual grr. Know what that's like?

I'm sure in time I'll figure out this program, Painter, well enough that I can do a drawing I like and color it in so it looks like a water color. But so far I haven't been happy. It starts with the digital line quality, which I don't like, and goes from there.

If you sometimes like the effect it's still not okay for animation, because you're going to have to create the background again from different angles.

This is what happens when you don't work very often.

Usually I resort to the woodcut filter to hide what isn't working, but then Linda gives me a hard time.

I know these don't look so great, but so many of you are artists, and I figure you know what this is like, when you just can't get what you want out of a program, and you know it's not just the program's fault. The holdout is that if you stick with it long enough, you're sure to make some progress.


Namowal said...

These look wonderful to me.

Still I understand how frustrating it is when you can't get a program to do exactly what you want, and (as you pointed out), when you can't blame the computer. Drives me up the wall too.

Still, like you say, sticktoitivity is usually the answer.

Linda said...

Yes! Yes! A mood of continual grr. I know what that's like.

But I think the top background is beautiful. I wasn't sure what you were trying to show with the bottom one(?) The line quality on the rug doesn't look "digital." Are you going to bring the background into Flash to do the animation?

stray g said...

I also especially love the top background! The bottom one looks darker.

Marilyn Sholin said...

Hi Sally..there are a few watercolor brushes in Painter X that are much more controllable. I have posted a test of one that I use quite often and have been enjoying it.

I think you may find that this one has more control and works well either with paper texture or without it. Painter X watercolor brushes also need a gentle hand and a lot of practice. Your work with it is beautiful as always but you might like this brush also.

Sally said...

Thanks Marilyn. I followed links and see that you're a Painter expert AND teacher AND using Painter X! Hooray! I'm discovering this just before dinner and look forward to exploring your blog tomorrow.

Each software has such a long slow learning curve to it-- you almost wish you'd just get assigned one like some feudal assignment so you'd have to stick just with that, rather than dipping all around in Photoshop, Painter, Flash, Director etc etc.