Secrets of Corel Painter Experts: Pete Revonkorpi
Pete Revonkorpi: About the Artist
I have been drawing my whole life but, professionally, I started to paint quite late — at around the age of 22.
I have always wanted to be a writer and tell stories. When I realized that the kinds of stories I wanted to tell were what people call “children's stories,” I also realized that I would need illustrations. So I decided to learn how to illustrate — to learn how to tell stories through pictures. Since then, my works have been published in numerous Finnish newspapers and magazines. I have also created other illustrated works, such as CD cover art.
In 2009, I started working with a musician to produce what we call “living and singing paintings.” They combine live digital painting with live music to tell a story without words. At this point, we have only performed here in Finland, but we hope to take our performances abroad in the future.
Hardware: Wacom Intuos 4
I adore simplicity, and I try not to put anything extra in my paintings — only what is absolutely necessary. I try to strip my thoughts and emotions completely naked. Although I often use clever concepts in my paintings, they are not really what the painting is all about. It is all about the emotion the painting evokes — or doesn't evoke. For example, I can use the color blue to create a sad feeling in the painting, but I can also use a sad concept to do that. The concept of a painting is really just another one of its colors.
Anything can be inspirational. As long as you can see the invisible side of things, there is magic everywhere.
Step-by-Step Tutorial: Smoothing
I don't do a lot tricks with Painter — I just paint. One thing that I do often is what I call smoothing. After I have painted something, I take the Thick Wet Oil 30 Brush and reduce its opacity to almost 0 (usually 4x6). I then pick a color that I have used a lot in the painting and just paint all over it. This smoothes the image and gives it a soft and painted look that I like a lot. I usually do this separately to different sections and objects in the painting while I work.
1. In Figure 10.1, the edges of the woman’s hair and her dress are clear to see. I use the Oils, Thick Wet Oils 30 Brush and reduce its opacity to 6. I choose a color that I have already used to paint with in the section that I want to smooth (in this case, green for the hair and orange for the dress) and paint carelessly all over it.
2. The result is a much softer image, with a much more painterly look. I use this smoothing technique in practically every one of my paintings to give them a soft and dreamlike quality.
I use Painter pretty much the same way I would paint in real life: I just pick up a brush and start painting. This is exactly why I like Painter so much — it allows my personal style to come through naturally.