Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book, The: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting
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An award-winning artist, author and educator based in San Diego, California, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis has always worked with traditional art-making tools. Also a pioneer in digital art, Cher has created illustrations using the Macintosh computer since 1987. She has been widely recognized for her mastery of Painter, Photoshop and the Wacom pressure-sensitive tablet, using these electronic tools since they were first released. Exercising her passion for Painter's artist tools, Cher has worked as a consultant and demo-artist for the developers of Painter. Cher holds a BFA with Highest Honors and Distinction in Art specializing in painting and printmaking. Her artwork has been exhibited worldwide and her articles and art have been published in many books and periodicals. She has taught Painter workshops around the world, and is principal of the consulting firm Cher Threinen Design. Cher is author of all six editions of The Painter Wow! Book. Her most recent books are The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting, and The Corel Painter IX Wow! Book, the latest edition of this highly praised volume of techniques and inspiration. Cher's Web site can be found at www.pendarvis-studios.com.
As much art book as guide, The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting uses traditional drawing and painting theory exercises, coupled with real-life projects, to show readers how they can use Painter and Photoshop with pressure-sensitive tablets to draw and paint with a computer. Award-winning artist and author Cher Threinen-Pendarvis shares her own drawings and paintings with the readers, sharing her creative thought processes and composition design secrets that she uses in her own work. In this gorgeous, large format, full-color book, Cher takes readers step-by-step through a variety of projects designed to improve their drawing, composition, and conceptual thought processes while exploring different uses of the many brushes available in Painter and Photoshop. Along the way, Cher shows readers how to set up a pressure-sensitive tablet and stylus; use mark-making tools in Photoshop and Painter; create tonal, gestural, and contour drawings with a pressure-sensitive tablet and stylus; incorporate scanned artwork into digital paintings; use photos as a reference for the illustrations; make creative use of color and ideas for composition design; translate traditional color theory to digital color tools; simulate canvas and paper; create mixed media; and more. All the concepts, processes, and projects in this book can be applied to readers' own drawings and paintings, and the lessons and examples demonstrated in this book are designed to work with the most current versions of Painter and Photoshop, as well as most earlier versions of the software. In addition, readers will find brushes, textures, images and other goodies on the book’s companion Web site that they can use as they work through the projects in the book.
246 of 248 people found the following review helpful
Finally, Digital Painting Fully Explained,
This review is from: The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting (Paperback)Books on Photoshop and Painter are usually written to teach you to use all of the program's features. Learning to actually draw and paint with a graphics tablet has barely been covered. If you've been a traditional artist for years, you still need basic exercises to learn how to handle the "digital brush." If you're a beginner, you need not only the basics of using a graphics tablet, but an understanding of how art is created. Cher's book provides you with both. Software instruction is kept to the minimum you need to complete the lessons.
Through each lesson, Cher carefully explains how the pen makes different marks depending upon how we hold it, how much pressure we use, and how we modify the "brushes" we use. After a couple of frustrating starts, I found myself fighting the pen less and less, and reading more carefully about tilt, angle, pressure and the speed with which I made my strokes. My traditional `pencil and paper' style needed to change, and the lessons helped me... Read more
54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
A digital artwork book by a true digital artist. Thank you!,
This review is from: The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting (Paperback)This is a great book for anybody interested in digital artwork. Most examples are Cher's real world fine digital art - instead of the more usual simplified ones found in most books. It is obviously that Cher knows her craft. This book not only focuses on the programs themselves (Painter & Photoshop), the hardware options (graphic tablets, tablet PCs, and even pressure sensitive LCD monitors), but also often overlooked areas such as setting up your studio.
This is a book by an artist - it shows - and that's a good thing. Beginner & intermediate digital artists will find this book to be EXTREMELY useful and inspiring. The examples are easy to understand, follow, and are genuinely helpful. "Experts" may find this book's ease of use a bit underwhelming, but don't be fooled, there is some serious Painter & Photoshop power in there. That being said, if you are looking for a hardcore 'tech' book explaining all of the intricacies of these programs then this is likely not the... Read more
78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
Check this one out!,
This review is from: The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting (Paperback)Sometimes it's hard to write an honest review of a book by a long-time friend. But not this time.
No matter where you are on your way to learning to paint or draw on the computer, this beautiful book offers worlds of insight, training, and support. A scholar of art history and proficient with traditional artists' tools even before she developed her computer expertise, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis is uniquely qualified to teach both art and digital craft. If you're a painter but new to the computer, Cher's experience and strong, concise teaching style will very quickly make you comfortable with the new tools-Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop, and the digital tablet and stylus. On the other hand, if you're experienced with the computer but new to painting, she demystifies the process of "seeing" your subject and translating its form and color into line and brushwork - so that's how they do that! Encouraged by her warmth and clarity, you can relax as you acquire artists' skills and... Read more
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"This is a spectacular work by Cher that will turn your ho-hum computer art into something really special through the use of a digitizing tablet."
Table of Contents
Table of Contents: About the Author and Artist Foreword -by Bert Monroy Introduction 1 The Digital Art Studio 2 Photoshop, Painter, and Tablet Basics for Artists 3 Assembling Brushes and Paint 4 Drawing and Tablet Exercises 5 The Illusion of Volume 6 Sensitive Tone and Modeling 7 A Sense of Atmosphere 8 Starting with a Scanned Drawing 9 Using a Photo Reference for Painting 10 Defining the Focal Point 11 Simulating Paper and Canvas 12 Mixing Media 13 Retouching, Tinting, and Painting 14 Composing from the Imagination Gallery Appendices Index
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