Secrets of Corel Painter Experts: Brian Haberlin
Do you integrate your work in Painter with traditional artists’ materials?
I tend to work in and out of the computer quite often. There is a painting I did that started as a pencil sketch, which I then scanned and painted on in Painter. Next, I printed it onto some nice Canson paper and worked on it some more with Prismacolor pencils, pastels, and gouache.
Has Painter helped you define your own style?
Sometimes style is all about the mark you put upon the canvas. With Painter, I can put down marks that are hard to emulate with other programs.
How does Painter fit into your creative process and workflow?
It really depends on the style of the project I am working on. I prefer sketching in Painter to sketching in Photoshop, and I prefer Painter when painting in a sort of digital-oils style. Like most artists, I use Painter in conjunction with Photoshop on most projects — sometimes I use more Painter than Photoshop, and sometimes it is the other way around.
How has the Internet influenced your art-making process?
Getting reference materials is now a breeze. I just Google (insert what is needed here), and bingo-bango, the old trips to libraries or used book stores are over. Now I just go to libraries and used book stores for fun.
What advice do you have for artists working with Painter?
Take some time. Explore all of Painter’s brushes, pick the 5 to 10 that you will use most often, and then create your own custom palette. It’s a big timesaver.
30 years as a professional artist
DreamWorks, Disney, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Adobe Inc., TV Guide, Top Cow Productions, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Spin Magazine, Bandai, Pacific Data Images, Stan Winston Creatures, Sammy Studios, Sprint, NASCAR, and many, many more
Awards and Career Highlights
Wizard Fan Awards — winner of multiple awards; Eisner Award (for studio and part of team); multiple inclusions in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art; artwork added to the permanent collection of The Smithsonian