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Step 6: Sculpting and Modeling the Subject

To carry the feeling of the texture onto the horse, I used the Spring Chunky brush to lightly dab various cream colors onto the highlights. To suggest shadowed areas, I painted medium-gray browns, as shown in the detail in Figure 9.

Figure 9

Figure 9 This detail shows the in-progress values painted on the horse.

Next, to model and sculpt the focal areas on the horse (for instance, his head, neck, and portions of his back), I used the Particle Spring Oil Mop variant of Oils. I envisioned the horse emerging from the rough, textured brushwork of the landscape. The Particle Spring Oil Mop allows you to lay down color and subtly blend. Like other brushes with Particles capabilities, it paints organic, somewhat random brush marks.

Choose the Oils category, and the Particle Spring Oil Mop variant. Make some practice marks to get a feeling for the brush. Figure 10 shows practice marks on top of strokes painted with the Spring Chunky.

Figure 10

Figure 10 The Spring Oil Mop is an Oils brush with interesting randomness, characteristic of the Particles brushes.

With the Particle Spring Oil Mop, opacity is controlled by pressure. Using a light touch on the stylus for more control, paint delicate strokes to model and sculpt the horse. Figure 11 shows a detail of the modeling on the horse. The completed study is shown in Figure 12.

Figure 11

Figure 11 This detail shows the modeling painted with the Spring Oil Mop brush.

Figure 12

Figure 12 The final stage of my Spirited Horse study.

Good work! You have completed this project. I hope that you enjoyed exploring and painting with some of my favorite Particle brushes. Happy painting!

For another creative project that features an illustration incorporating the Particle brushes, see “Expressive Drawing with Pens and Particles in Painter 2015.” For a detailed overview of Painter and more creative step-by-step projects, see The Painter Wow! Book, Tenth Edition. Another of my books, The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, offers a rich variety of creative art projects.

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 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. Cher’s artwork has been exhibited in group exhibitions and individual shows, and can be found in private collections in the United States and overseas. She is a member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild and the Point Loma Artists Association. 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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