October 2017

Art Links, Book and Magazines
Here are links to gallery websites of digital and real media artists I like, and to sites which give various resources for digital artists.
Ad paints in traditional media and with Corel Painter. Wonderful loose style.
Marc Taro Holmes - a sketcher who makes wonderfully composed and fresh outdoor sketches
  Richard Noble has used Painter for many years and was trained in illustration. Inspirational work.
  Not digital picture making - this is real drawing and sketching - a brilliant and fun idea.
  The latest version of the colour selector "MagicPicker" improves on the native Colour Picker in Photoshop CC 2014. I love the Tone Lock feature which is great for warming and cooling shadows etc.
  A wonderful portrait artist. Not digital artwork but a style of portraiture which is very engaging and clearly involves photographs

Here is a book I was commissioned to write by ILEX Press about simulating natural media techniques and processes digitally. It's not about my painting per se but there is a lot in it about the techniques I use in my day-to-day digital photo manipulation and painting. The book draws on Painter and Photoshop, and software plugins like those from Topaz. Most of the many worked examples are tackled with both programs or with at least references to both. UK and US editions are shown below. The book is quite widely available - Amazon in UK and US have it together with other online retailers in these countries.

Some readers are having trouble downloading the customised brushes. The correct url for the download link is: http://www.web-linked.com/painting/download.zip

...US edition
...UK edition
Magazine Tutorials
Corel Painter - this magazine is no longer published but some of the cloning tutorials I produced for it are still available on the Corel Website. Below are the tutorials I made - the first one, which is in three parts, is available on the Corel site:
Issue 10: This is a 10 page tutorial introducing painting in Colour Clone mode in Painter - only Painter X is used, no Photoshop. The tutorial covers starter, intermediate and advanced projects and introduces different media emulations. The illustration aside shows the opening page and another page from the article.
Issue 13: This 8 page tutorial offers ideas on preparing images for colour clone painting. It covers issues like changing the composition, basic editing (eg brightness and contrast), using differential focus and creating mood. The illustration aside shows the opening page of the article and another page from the article.
Issue 16: This four page tutorial provides a walkthrough on preparing high dynamic range photos and using them in colour clone painting. Using Photomatix Pro (other programs will work too) I go through the creation of an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image and then Tone Mapping it ready for painting.
I have also made tutorials for a Photoshop magazine - Practical Photoshop - started in 2011. Ive added spreads from the tutorials as they are published. Screen recording of me executing the painting with narration is included with the magazine.
Issue 1: This tutorial is about using the Pattern Stamp tool to make an oil painting simulation. Custom brushes are included with the tutorial. A video of the painting process - a screen recording with my narration - is included.
Issue 2: This one's about making a watercolour with the Pattern Stamp tool More custom brushes are included. A video of the painting process - a screen recording with my narration - is included.
Issue 3 : uses the Art History brush and custom brushes to make a portrait. Video with the magazine and brushes.
Issue 4: The Art History brush is used to make a landscape painting simulation from the starting photograph. Video and custom brushes accompany the magazine.
Issue 5 - this issue gives a gouache treatment to the starting photograph using a tracing technique and free hand painting. Video accompanies.
Issue 6 - this one gives a pastel treatment to a photograph. Custom brushes and the Pattern Stamp tool are used. Video too.
Issue 7: here we use the Pattern Stamp tool to make a pencil sketch treatment. Also a video.
Issue 8: in this tutorial I show how you can use the Smudge Tool as a cloning brush. There's a written walkthrough and a video screen recording and narration.
Issue 9: I provided the cover for this issue - it's a watercolour treatment and there is a concise walkthrough tutorial in the magazine. The main tutorial deals with using the Mixer brush as a cloning tool and creating an Impasto effect. There is an accompanying video.
Issue 10: I use the Pattern Stamp Tool as a cloning brush, the Glowing Edges filter and Pattern Fill layer for texture, to make a simulation of an ink drawing coloured with a watercolour wash. There's a video too.
Issue 14: This one uses the Mixer Brush in CS5 as a cloning tool to give photograph a brushy, oil painted treatment. Canvas texture too. There's the usual video as well.
Issue 15: This tutorial shows you how to give a photo a comic book look and uses a number of filters and some hand brushing to achieve it. The usual video of the process accompanies the magazine.
Issue 16: Here we give a photograph a delicate oil painted effect. We use the Art History brush with some custom brushes and the Match Colour filer. Video as well.
Issue 17: A photo of a busy street party is given a painted, brushed look. We use a CS6 erodible brush tip with the Pattern Stamp tool. Video too.
Issue 18: I give a striking landscape photograph a brushed, loose, alla prima treatment. I use the Pattern Stamp tool with custom brushes which have CS5 bristle tips. A canvas effect is used. Usual video as well.
Issue 19: We use the Mixer brush in CS5 to create a faux palette knife, impasto look of thick paint. Video as well.
Issue 20: This one creates a Pastel Pencil treatment from a photograph of a boat using the Art History brush and a custom brush. Video accompanies.