Secrets of Corel Painter Experts: Pete Revonkorpi
Which artists do you admire?
My single biggest influence has been Astrid Lindgren, although she was not an illustrator, but an author. Her book Ronia the Robber's Daughter was the first book that I remember reading as a child and the first children's book I reread as an adult. When I reread it some years ago, I literally cried through all the pages — it was that powerful. I knew then that telling “children’s stories” through pictures was what I wanted to do — that illustration had to be the most powerful form, or style, of art there was. And it wasn’t just because of the nostalgia, but because the simplicity and naivety helps people to let their guard down. Most people don't expect anything other than pretty colors and whimsy from a children’s book. As a result, deep and complex emotions come as a complete surprise and are therefore more powerful.
Illustrators who I admire a lot are Tove Jansson, creator of The Moomins, and Maurice Sendak, who is, perhaps, the greatest living illustrator. I also adore the work of artists Marc Chagall and Frida Kahlo. These kinds of artists have helped me understand how much you can say with very little.
How has the Internet influenced your art-making process?
The Internet has influenced me quite a lot. Without the Internet, I would have to travel across the world to see what other people are doing, but now I can do it from my home with just a mouse click. The Internet is an endless source of inspiration.
What advice do you have for artists working with Painter?
Experiment. Take time to fiddle around with different settings. This way you will eventually find your own unique way of doing things, and your images will have your own unique look. This is what is so great about Painter[md]it allows your personal style to really come through. There is already enough clean generic digital art out there!