Secrets of Corel Painter Experts: Dwayne Vance
Do you integrate your work in Painter with traditional artists’ materials?
Yes, I do, and a lot of times I create pieces. I can work digitally and play with color palettes, compositions, and so on. Then I can have my image printed and go back over it with traditional materials. A lot of times I rough out a sketch in Painter, print it and go over it with pencil, scan it back in, and finish it digitally. Like I said before, Painter is just another tool for an artist.
Has Painter helped you define your own style?
Painter has really made me a quick designer. What used to take me three or four hours to draw by hand, I can do with Painter in about two hours.
How does Painter fit into your creative process and workflow?
Painter works great into my workflow because it works just like a real pencil, and I still love the look of a hand-drawn sketch. When I work digitally, I can work a lot faster, have an unlimited color palette with no major cleanup, and have an unlimited number of Undos. Some might argue that working digitally is cheating because of that fact, but the computer is just another tool in an artist’s palette.
What motivates you?
My main motivation for my work is a passion to create things that don’t exist or could not be created by a photograph. I still draw things that I would have thought of as a child, and it takes me into a new world or world with different technology.
How has the Internet influenced your art-making process?
The Internet has really influenced my art because I can see so many different techniques that other artists use and then adapt them to my own style. I can constantly learn stuff, and mostly for free. Sometime I have to pay for the high-end stuff, but the cost really isn’t much when I am getting such a great education from it.
Which artists do you admire?
My favorite artist is God. He truly created an amazing universe to be inspired by. I also have a huge list of entertainment artists I like: Craig Mullins, Scott Robertson, and the guys at Steambot Studios. I also love classical painters, such as Édouard Manet, and others from the Impressionist period. I love to see brushstrokes.
What advice do you have for artists working with Painter?
If you’re just starting out with Painter, take some time and play with it. Get used to some of the functions and the different brushes. Don’t feel that you have to use every brush it offers — find how you would normally work, either by hand or digitally, and start with a small palette of brushes. When I started using Painter, I made a custom palette for myself that consisted of two pencils and an eraser. As I got comfortable with using that and incorporated it more and more into my workflow, I started expanding. One flaw in Painter is that it feels overwhelming at first when you realize there are so many brushes. So start with a few and just play. Don’t worry about making a masterpiece at first — you will grow after a while.