Secrets of Corel Painter Experts: Torsten Wolber
When did you start using Painter?
I started using Painter, along with Photoshop, in 2003.
What do you wish someone had told you when you started?
I wish someone had told me that Painter has some issues with color management. Tip: stick with Adobe RGB and PSD files in both Painter and Photoshop.
Did you have previous experience in traditional media?
I have had lots of experience with traditional media. Soon after graduating, I began working as an illustrator using traditional tools. I worked this way for 13 years. Sometimes I integrate my work in Painter with traditional artists’ materials by adding some traditionally made structures.
How has it been for you to learn about using art tools in a digital setting?
It’s been surprisingly easy!
Has Painter helped you define your own style?
In a way, yes, Painter has helped with this. Although I never really worked to develop my own style, Painter has helped me stick with my own traditional painting style. I love to work painterly and loose, although I have to admit that’s not always what the client wants.
What motivates you?
I am always motivated and inspired after I share my vision with others. Feedback from my peers is still providing me with, by far, the strongest motivation I have for my work.
How has the Internet influenced your art-making process?
The Internet is a great way to get useful references and find inspiration, but discussing your work with other experienced digital artists is invaluable. I definitely recommend finding a community of peers to share thoughts and questions with. Two of my favorite sites are the German Illustrators Organization Web site and the German DigitalArtForum (led by the vey professional Daniel Lieske, who gives away all his knowledge for free).
What advice do you have for artists working with Painter?
Don’t get lost in the possibilities. Put on your blinders, and concentrate on just one problem at a time.
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Awards and Career Highlights
Ballistic: Painter Master award; 2006 and 2007 CG award; Docma award; Corel Painter award; Arno award