TRADITIONAL PAINTING AND DIGITAL CANVAS: by Anna Zhou’s Kickstarter
A process comparison between traditional painting and digital painting and therefore an in-depth study of the preparation of images, background painting, the development of objects, details, print media and more.
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I was a classically trained painter long before the software was developed for artists. When I discovered Corel Painter, when it was owned and developed by Meta creations, I was so curious that I had to try it out and found it fascinating. Today there are many options for digital painting on canvas, but my favorite by far is still Corel Painter. Now, it is one of Corel’s best imaging solutions and is developing extraordinary new technology for this. I also use Adobe Photoshop to prepare and pre compose my paintings and move between the two programs for in-process adjustments, if necessary. This article does not compare Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop – we are going to compare the painting processes between traditional and digital painting.
THE SKETCH CANVAS
Both traditional and digital painters start with an idea. We can call this idea The Sketch. Traditional artists freely draw their idea on the canvas, developing the idea of the project during the drawing process. The compositional support objects are positioned, the depth and perspective are aligned and the initial vision is created. There are several options – some painters use a soft pencil or a carbon stick and others use narrow brushes and diluted paint to whisk in the overall layout.
If the painter is working from a photograph, they use trained eyes and mathematical skills to position objects proportionately within the composition. Some are known to project photography on a blank canvas to use as a guide to save time. This sketch eventually disappears during most painting processes as more and more layers of paint are added to the canvas. The artist will complete the painting using his imagination. If photographic similarity is required, a photograph of the subject will be recorded on the tripod for use as a visual reference. This requires an excellent comparative eye and artistic techniques, whose master painters have been respected for centuries. Digital painters have a variety of options for starting a painting. Some artists start by creating a sketch exactly like the traditional painter does, drawing with a stylus on an empty canvas file. Digital artists have the advantage of being able to cancel or start again as many times as they want without fear of over-staining the canvas. In addition, they can save time by using a photograph or graphic image as a tracking source. The sketch can be booked on one level for easy reference during the painting process. If an exact similarity is required, you can view a photograph using Drawing Paper within the current job, eliminating the guesswork when adjusting the proportions and putting the final details. Hybrid painters sometimes create the sketch digitally and print it on a canvas that will be completed using traditional paint and brushes. This gives them infinite time to compose exactly what they want – as well as being able to take advantage of Tracing Paper – and continue to enjoy the traditional painting experience.
Hybrid painting is particularly attractive for artists who want to paint a series of multiple canvases based on common topics. Parts of the initial sketch can be easily transferred to other digital canvases, edited and modified, keeping continuity where desired. Photographers tend to completely bypass the sketch and use a pre-composed photograph for continuous reference during the painting process. Corel painters use Cloning Sources and tracing paper to turn photo visibility on and off as desired. Photoshop photographers can reserve the photograph on a layer and use the layer’s visibility to view or not view the original image. There are other shortcuts available for digital painters. I often pre-composed using bits and pieces from multiple photos quickly cut and pasted in Photoshop – no need to worry about the edges as they will be painted. Also pre-adjust the colors and values, adding my choices in order to avoid the drawing, use my photo model as Under Painting and ignore about 65% of what I consider to be “intense work”, letting me enjoy more imaginative and creative parts of my painting.
UNDER THE PAINTING
An Under Painting it is a block of color and value that covers the canvas with paint and provides a base on which more intense colors and values are applied with more precision and intent. The Under Painting initializes the basic shapes of the objects, the overall color combination of the piece and establishes the lighting and the drama. Traditional painters use large brushes and a diluted paint to start, gradually increasing depth and saturation with subsequent layers and more intense concentrations of paint. They try to stay away from detailing things at this point because one of the precious things created by Under Painting is emotion through stroke. Fluid and free movement is an important canvas for this.
The finished piece is a painting, but painted over a photographic image. They can do it exactly as a traditional painter could, using large brushes and layers of color and value – above or below the sketch, using their own colors or choosing colors from a photographic reference. Digital artists can also choose to use shortcuts, such as automatic painting, which pre-paint the canvas using the colors of a source image and special computer-generated brush strokes. Sure, Auto Painting bypasses the whole thrill by adding paint perk, but it’s a quick start when the background is complicated and you’re on a deadline. At this point,