[Figure 2.14] Working with the shapes.
A fatter Chalk Cloner
will give less detail in each stroke, so you can rough the colors in quickly. You will pick out some areas to accent later with the original 9-pixels size. Tracing Paper
can be toggled off at this point, because the pencil sketch outlines will serve as your guide, while you observe the original photo beside it. Using what you learned a few pages ago about following contours with your brush strokes, take the painting to the next stage with your chubby chalk, as shown in Figure 2.14
. Not having to decide color or value can give you such freedom!
[Figure 2.15] Juicy fruit!
Continue to develop the volumes with some crosshatch strokes. Allow a few bits of white to show through. The version in Figure 2.15
has slightly more detail for the three stems, made with the original 9-pixel Chalk Cloner
. This is a lively, energetic drawing. Or is it a painting?
Drawing or Painting?
What’s the difference? Sometimes not much, and I sometimes use these terms interchangeably. In general, drawings are made with dry media, and paintings with wet. Or, if you render your subject mostly with lines, it’s a drawing. But when tones and colors blend into each other without distinct edges, it’s a painting. A traditional term for artwork composed with a variety of wet and dry materials, possibly incorporating photos or collage elements pasted on, is “mixed media.” Technically, everything you make in Painter is “painting” because it’s done with pixels. Digital “drawing” requires a vector-based
Clone with Style
Artists who work with traditional chalk or pastels generally choose special tinted paper. You’ll learn to do that for the next version, and also choose the surface texture of the paper. But first, let’s alter the colors of the source image.
[Figure 2.16] The Underpainting
Open the Underpainting
panel shown in Figure 2.16
. You’ll find it in a group of Auto-Painting
panels, which have nothing to do with your car. Several intuitive ways to adjust the colors in a photo are provided. The Color Scheme
and Photo Enhance
presets can be chosen based on the style of clone painting you prefer. Pick the Color Scheme
optimized for chalk drawing. The image detail shown in Figure 2.17
has less saturated, warmer colors.
[Figure 2.17] Warmed up apples.