Hello friends! Here we have my friend’s dearest beloved pug (a breed of dog) which she named “Candy”. Candy is very lovely and my friend says Candy is “Uglishly Cute”. Sadly Candy broke her rear limb which is very hard to heal. I pray for Candy’s recovery. So I gifted this artwork to her (my friend) after printing it.
Therefore the first thing one should keep in mind for the printable artwork is the compatible size, dpi and print color mode (RGB/CMYK) before starting the artwork.
I chose 12inch x 18inch canvas with 150dpi (as 300dpi slows down the pc, sometime 150dpi can also do the work) and RGB color. Why not CMYK?? Well, Corel Painter does not support CMYK and this color mode takes 1/2 more computer resources. But Photoshop supports CMYK and I don’t recommend painting on CMYK as we have less color option. I always convert the color mode at the last before printing and then adjust colors and levels.
Tools of trade:
- Corel Painter 11 for the whole sketching and coloring
- Adobe Photoshop CS5 for final touches and color adjustments
- Wacom Bamboo
- My hand and a pinch of brain
First Part – Basic Coloring
For the outline I used “Acrylics Opaque Detail Brush 3″ and for coloring I used “Wet Acrylic 10″. I like these brushes because they give mild brush texture. You can experiment your own favorite.
I colored the eye. I have placed the details on eye near the end of the tutorial below.
Second Part – Blending
Blending is a process where we blend and smooth out the edged colors we did before. For Blending I used the same “Wet Acrylic 10″ brush but the difference is I disabled the Resaturation and increased the Bleed. You can go to these options from Window > Brush Controls > Well .
Third Part – Details
To add details, I used the same above mentioned brush but in smaller size. Here is a piece of artwork where hair upon head can be seen. I picked up the nearby colors using the eyedropper tool and brushed away along the path of hair. I also blended some of the edges so they don’t look very sharp.
Here are the steps on how details in the eye was given.
These are the steps on detail work on the body.
This is the final product. Click to view full size.
Final Part – Color Adjustments & Background
I usually do final stuffs in Adobe Photoshop because it has color and level adjustment layers compared to Corel Painter. I also created the background layer in Photoshop just by brushing light tints and blending using its shades. Here is the background and the screenshot of the artwork in Adobe Photoshop.
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