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After Pride Cometh Fall...oopsigoofed!
I just invented a new category name for my blogroll..."oopsigoofed!" While I probably goof on a lot of things in each and every painting, every now and then I make a major goof. This time I'm going to try and figure out why I did, and if it's going to be possible to fix this without too-oo much trouble. I really would like to, even though I am struggling with the background surface, the oranges themselves and the folds in the cloth, because it took so long to draw and paint the scarf!
The blue line around the plate is where it was supposed to be, and I'm pretty sure it started out closer to this, but I dropped my sketch layer while doing the scarf and obviously lost track of where I was going. It's hard not to when you are focusing so much on one area , as I was with the scarf details. Having done the scarf over a several day period in between the printing, framing and repainting certain parts of 20 pieces might have had something to do with my lack of attention. My reference photos's got screwed up...okay, enough excuses..."oopsigoofed!"
Digital painting has obvious advantages over more traditional mediums. If I can fix this, you will see some of my bag of tricks to fix things up. I may have to return to Painter 9.5 and my custom brushes, but so far I am enjoying using Painter 11. I do seem to have more control over the brushes being able to tilt them and change the bristles etc. One thing I have noticed is that, the eraser is difficult to control when using it a very tiny size. The action lags behind the stroke with some other tiny brushes too, but that may be my computer's fault. Doesn't do it with Painter 9.5 though. Seems more like when I ask it do do stuff that requires a lot of memory to be used in the action ie: resizing the image using Free Transform. Difficult to grab the handles and get it to actually do it. I got so frustrated when I was resizing pieces to print that I reverted back to Painter 9.5.
Printing Tip: The easist way to get an image an exact size is to copy it into a new blank document of the exact dimensions needed, then use the Free Transform function to grab the handles and resize it to fit this dimension. Drop the layer to canvas and it will be exact! Whether you use a 8.5 x 11 in. piece of paper or an 11 x 17 in. one , the image will be exactly what your canvas size is unless you click the Size to Fit Page box by mistake!
Here are the steps I took to get the plate of oranges I had done to fit into the proper spot as originally sketched. I got the outline of the plate from my sketch and copied and pasted it in as a new layer. Then I lassooed the plate and oranges on the canvas layer, copied and pasted it in as a new layer. I had to switch back to Corel Painter 9.5 at this point because I couldn't copy in Painter 11 for some reason?? I used the Free Transform function to resize the plate making it a little bit narrower. The last step was to use the Rotate function to rotate the plate to fit more closely into the spot. For some reason the plate copied from the canvas layer to the new layer looked blurry, so I sharpened it a bit with the Focus Function. I think that happened because I saved it as a jpeg in there somewhere to post on the blog, then started working with it again as a small jpeg. It's back to the original sized RIF and I will have to do some painting to fill in that area of the scarf. I had a tough time finding the missing pieces on the actual scarf. (I will definately pick a less complex pattern next time...I'm sick of those x's and o's...) More tomorrow, or I'll be seeing them in my sleep again!
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