Fun with Particles: Painting with the Particle Brushes in Painter 2015
Painter is the ultimate digital art studio, with hundreds of brushes available. For Spirited Horse, an expressive study shown in Figure 1, I drew and painted with Particle brushes in Painter 2015. Magnificent horses were a favorite subject for my drawing and painting when I was a child, and this study was inspired by a few of my recent traditional drawings.
Figure 1 Spirited Horse was painted with a variety of Particle brushes in Painter 2015.
The Particle brushes offer an amazing variety of brush effects, from brushes that behave like conventional paintbrushes (but with a touch of randomness) to “special effects” brushes that paint unusual shapes, textures, sparkles, and glows. Painter offers three types of Particle brushes: Gravity, Flow, and Spring. Each kind has its own performance qualities. For this project, I’ll use three Spring brushes that I made for Painter 2015:
- Spring Feather Sketch (Particles) for the sketch
- Spring Chunky (Particles) for layering background texture
- Particle Spring Oil Mop (a variant of Oils) for modeling the horse
Step 1: Setting Up
For this piece, I began with a warm-colored canvas that would set off the brushwork to come. To build a colored canvas, begin by choosing File > New. In the New Image dialog box, click the Color icon, choose a color from the color wheel, and click OK to exit the Colors dialog. Set up your dimensions (mine are 1200 × 900 pixels), as shown in Figure 2. Click OK to close the New Image dialog box.
Figure 2 Setting up the New Image dialog box for an image with a colored canvas.