Secrets of Corel Painter Experts: Waheed Nasir
Waheed Nasir: About the Artist
I live in Karachi, Pakistan and have a background in traditional art. My field of work includes art direction, visual development, concept art, matte painting, background plates, creating concepts and references for final lighting and overall mood, and 3D texturing. In addition to my digital work, I paint and hold exhibitions of my traditionally created art whenever time permits. To date, I have had 5 solo exhibitions and taken part in more than 20 group shows, both here and abroad. To cater to my softer side, I play guitar and compose music. I have more than 15 years of experience teaching traditional drawing and painting and guitar. I have more than eight years of experience working as a digital computer graphics (CG) artist. I conduct workshops and give lectures and demonstrations on art at various venues, institutes, and universities. I am currently working as the creative head at Grand Leisure Corporation Limited. When I have the time, I get involved in local and international projects as a freelance artist.
Software: Painter, Photoshop, Art Rage
Hardware: Wacom tablet
I believe art must touch hearts. There must be something more than just painting a beautiful picture[md]there has to be a story, a mood, an atmosphere, and something must be going on. Art has to get the viewer involved; it must pull the viewer in and make him think. If it’s a painting, it should look like a painting — it shouldn’t look like a photograph. One must feel the brushwork — loose and casual, yet calculated. Spontaneous suggestions are always more artistic. Art should be pure, straightforward, and come from the heart.
Nature is my biggest inspiration. I am also inspired by the realistic painting styles of the old master expressionists and flamenco guitar music. If it’s art, it inspires and influences me.
Step-by-Step Tutorial: “Those Gloomy Hours”
All the ideas for this image were in and from my mind. My aim was merely to make a conceptual digital painting that had a gloomy atmosphere. I went for a complete shot — showing the time of day (night), strong moonlight, a mountain range, a spooky castle with few lights inside, and water and trees. I planned, and aimed for, a silhouette settingso I went for a backlit condition. That served my purpose well and was just what I pictured in my mind.
I paint this scene in such a way that it shows details, textures, and light, so if want to, I can even have it made to use for a 3D short/project.
1) I make my initial sketch on paper using a pencil without references. I visualize the whole scene. While sketching, my only concern is the composition, with the placement of the main mountain and the castle as my focus. My sketch is just a rough suggestion; I am not after details at this time. My objective is to think about an interesting division of negative and positive space. See Figure 2.1.