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Step 5: Adding Expressive Strokes with Particles

When you have the feel of the brush, select your figure drawing file. Next, add a new layer to your file by clicking the New Layer button on the Layers panel. With the new layer active, use the Spring Rainbow Silk variant of Particles to paint a few strokes suggesting the flowing drapery on the model’s skirt, as shown in Figure 7. Using light pressure, pull the strokes vertically from top to bottom, with a slight curve in the strokes. Use shorter strokes to suggest the blouse.

Figure 7

Figure 7 Pulling the strokes vertically from top to bottom, with a subtle curve.

Next, use the Spring Chain Smokey variant to add whimsical brushstroke shapes to the drawing. Using light pressure, I loosely drew in a few accents, including a suggestion for the model’s hat and the details on the shoulders. To achieve the shape defining the structure of the hat shown in Figure 8, I pulled a short horizontal stroke from the right to the left.

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Figure 8 To suggest the structure of the hat, I pulled a short horizontal stroke from right to left.

To complete the sketch, use the Spring Rainbow Silk brush to emphasize linear accents. Take a good look at your sketch and decide where you need emphasis. Switch to the Spring Rainbow Silk variant of Particles and use light pressure to draw a few gently curved linear accents, as I did along the sides of the jacket and skirt. Figure 9 shows my completed sketch.

Figure 9

Figure 9 The final fashion sketch with whimsical shapes.

Good work! You have completed the fashion sketch. I hope that you’ve enjoyed exploring drawing with the expressive pens and new particle brushes in Painter 2015. Happy painting!

Cher Pendarvis started with a child’s fascination with art, and graduated from college with a BFA with Highest Honors and Distinction in Art, specializing in painting and printmaking. A pioneer of the electronic medium, Cher has worked alongside other notables from the early digital era, trailblazing the merging of traditional and digital art forms. Her digital illustrations have been published since 1987. Cher’s artwork has been displayed in group exhibitions and individual shows, and her pieces can be found in private collections in the United States and overseas. She is a member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild and the Point Loma Artists Association. Cher is widely recognized for her mastery of Painter and Photoshop. Her articles and art span nearly three decades of influential books and periodicals. She is principal of the consulting firm Cher Threinen Design, and authored all 10 editions of The Painter WOW! Book and both editions of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad. An encouraging teacher, she has taught art, illustration, and graphic design courses for colleges in San Diego, and she has conducted Painter and Photoshop workshops for professionals in print and broadcast media in the U.S. and overseas. To learn more about Cher, please visit her website at

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