Playing with Freddie

fred-potu-CWith nothing else springing to mind and boredom edging dangerously near, I resorted to my nine-hundred-and-eighty-seventh attempt at Freddie Mercury, here taken from the Princes of the Universe video. This was drawn not in Photoshop but this time in a program I’ve never tried before: Corel Painter.

I’d heard a lot about it, and how excellent it apparently is for digital painting. I mean, I was just wandering around pressing buttons and not really having a clue – no change there! ahahaha – but it’s clear that such comments aren’t without foundation. There’s a huge box of tools for you to play with, but it’s when you start putting marks down that the fun begins. Unlike Photoshop, where layers are standalone, on Painter your brush strokes actually react to others as per the traditional medium. This means you get the pleasing mid-tones and also the terrifying, grotty, how-on-earth-am-I-going-to-rectify-that mistakes that are the norm for those woeful at traditional painting, as I am. Thankfully, like Photoshop, they have given you an eraser.

As I’ve said in the past, I don’t tend to call the works I generally put up here ‘digital paintings’, because they’re not really digital paintings, they’re digital sketches. I just create shades or highlights all one one layer (usually), and then optionally use Photoshop’s blending magic to place colour over the top. Having to switch tack and work like a painter is a bit of a kick up the arse, and a reminder that I’ve a hell of a lot to learn.

This was the product of me playing around with Corel Painter for a little while. Forgive the background too, chalk it up to experimentation. It’s not my best Freddie by any stretch, but it was a lot of fun watching the program blend the colours so intuitively, and it’s at least produced something different to the usual. I have thirty days left to break it, so we’ll see if anything betters comes of my dabbling. As for Painter, I’m not sure it could ever take Photoshop’s place in my heart, but I would definitely recommend a look to anyone interested in trying digital art. The trial is fully-functional and free for thirty days. Any artist who has cut their teeth on Photoshop won’t take long to settle in and it looks incredible – this is just scratching the very surface. If you know what you’re doing, you’ll have a blast!

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20 comments
  1. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    Well you can see clearly who you draw, Freddie Mercury ❤

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    • Jacob said:

      Well that’s a tremendous relief! 😉 I remember you asking for Princes of the Universe Freddie ages ago, I hope it’s not a disappointment.

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      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        No it’s not, he is still looking amazing ❤

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  2. Freddie looks amazing!! Nice job with the new program. I’ve never tried it as Photoshop was all I could ever handle. Hehe But this looks fantastic. You definitely capture his spirit in his face and well… his jeans. 😉👍🏻

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks Charlie! That’s so good to hear as I almost wrote it off and binned it several times!

      Oh I agree, Photoshop 4 life ❤ ❤ but Painter looks really something. They even have a ton of special watercolour brushes! But they come with special behaviours to act like watercolour, which meant that every time I went to use them, it kept saying my computer didn't have enough memory. Typical! 😛

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  3. Good job with Freddie and trying a new program. LOL re: Charlie’s comment about the jeans! ; ))) I agree!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Cynthia. And ha ha… why I haven’t a clue what you two are sniggering about! 😉

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  4. jmnowak said:

    Well, Jacob, maybe you can ‘break’ it by practising using any of the fabulous David Bowie images in his fabulous costumes!!! LOL. Freddie looks real…that’s a plus, isn’t it? 😀

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    • Jacob said:

      Oh that is a plus Janina – thanks! As for Bowie: I’ve been thinking of doing that. Watch this space!

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha ha, you tell ’em, Mr. Richards! 😉 Thanks Michael, glad you enjoyed it.

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  5. I’d never have guessed you used Corel! I thought it was oil paints. 🙂 And you really captured Freddy’s verve!

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    • Jacob said:

      Yay – thanks, Teresa! It was the oil paint brush set I used, so that’s very reassuring! 😉

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    • Jacob said:

      Oh Sharon, you’re always so encouraging – it doesn’t go unappreciated. Thank you so much!

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  6. arcillaa said:

    You got Freddie’s stance down pat! It is obvious you were careful to get the legs in in the right position and you did! I love your Freddie’s!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Allan! This means especially much, coming from you. I actually studied your paintings a bit before this, trying to see how you went about skin-tones.

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      • arcillaa said:

        Oh wow thank you! You’re right though – it’s always a tricky one. I’m going to find out more as I move to using acrylic/oils on skin. For water colour I always layer the following colours for skin: light brown, brown, green, black, red and white. I substitute green with blue depending on the background.

        Freddie’s skin looks awesome! 🙂

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      • Jacob said:

        Many thanks for the insight into your process! Fascinating; I’ll have to try that sequence out with Corel’s intriguing ‘real watercolour’ set and see if it gives a neat finish.

        Cheers, Allan. So glad you like this!

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