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Painter 6's new brushes encourage spontaneity and quick gestural drawing. Let The Painter 6 Wow! Book author Cher Threinen-Pendarvis show you how they make smoother, more continuous strokes and thus make possible a more tactile painting
Excerpted from Chapter 3 of The Painter 6 Wow! Book.
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Excerpted from Chapter 3 of The Painter 6 Wow! Book, by Cher Threinen-Pendarvis

This article is provided courtesy of Peachpit Press.

Overview Open a new file and sketch using the Pens; add color washes with Water Color brushes; finish the study with the Round Camelhair and Palette Knife brushes.

SATISFYING TO USE WHEN CREATING expressive color studies, Painter 6's new brushes encourage spontaneity and quick gestural drawing because they make smoother, more continuous strokes and thus make possible a more tactile painting experience. For this color study of Agave Shawii (a threatened native in the California Maritime Succulent Scrub habitat) we sketched using Pens and Water Color variants. Then we painted with the Round Camelhair and Palette Knife variants of the Brushes, tools that can mix paint by dragging through existing pools of color on the image canvas.

1 Making a sketch. Open a new file (our file measured 1180 x 1741 pixels). Before you begin your sketch, open the Art Materials palette (Window, Art Materials).

 

We drew the loose sketch with the Fine Point and the Scratchboard Tool variants of the Pens.

Open the Papers palette by clicking the left arrow on the Papers section bar, and click the push bar to open the paper drawer. Click on a paper texture to choose it. We chose Regular Fine from the default Paper Textures library. Click the left arrow on the Colors section bar to open the Colors section, and select a dark color to make your sketch. Open the Brushes palette (Window, Show Brushes), click on the Pens icon and from the variant menu choose the Scratchboard Tool variant. We chose the Scratchboard Tool because of the sensitivity of this tool when used with a stylus-with it you can make expressive, thick and thin strokes. Begin sketching. As you sketch, develop the darks and lights in your image.

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