With today’s diversified art technology, Corel Painter Essentials 5 has managed to give artists the digital edge we need to create amazing paintings.
In this tutorial I will explain how I created a digital oil painting of a dog without getting my hands full of paint.
Tools of the Trade
- Corel Painter Essentials 5
- A computer mouse
- Wacom Bamboo graphics tablet
To begin choose a photo portrait of a dog similar to the one in the video and upload it into Corel Painter.
To load your picture from your computer go the right side of the screen and find the menu that says PHOTO PAINTING MENU (see image above).
Press on the BROWSE BUTTON and search for your image in your computer.
Once you have selected your image, you will see a small image of your picture inside the photo painting menu.
Go to the “Auto Paint” feature press on the drop-down box to view all the different types of art per-style templates.
Each template will have a different effect on your final photo finish, for now select the OIL PAINTING style.
To start drawing your picture press on the TRIANGULAR BUTTON right beneath the drop-down menu.
After Corel Painter finishes coloring in your drawing, you will notice your mouse cursor turn into a circle.
Now you are ready to begin adding the final touches to your painting by opening the PHOTO PAINTING BRUSHES menu on the left side of the screen (see image above).
The brushes menu contains an assortment of different types of digital media to create realistic looking paintings.
The tools on the left side of the menu are the brushes and on the right side are the different effects that you can apply with the brushes.
Since we’re working with oil paints let’s click on the ACRYLICS & OILS brushes on the left side and select the WET SOFT ACRYLIC effect on the right side of the menu.
Sometimes it’s easier to work with a large image to see all the details; to enlarge your image simply use your computer mouse’s scroll wheel to make the drawing smaller or bigger.
Use your graphics tablet to blend the acrylic oils towards to outer edges of the painting.
For more details watch the short video above to see how to easily maneuver the brush around the dog.
Tips and Suggestions
Be careful not to get to close to the main object of your image because it might distort the colors.
I was extremely careful keeping the contour lines of the dog’s bottom side of the image fluid so it can look more realistic.
You can also use different types of paper texture with your painting so it could have a more deeper paper texture.
I think the key here is to experiment with different colors and opacity levels to figure out which one works best with the oil painting style.