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    I now own Painter :)

    I've never used painter or done any computer painting except for some cel type stuff, but I received a copy of Corel Painter 9 from my girlfriend as a birthday present.

    I've been reading the helpfile, a lot. I'm about halfway through, trying out every damn thing as I read about it. I'm getting the hang of it. Now I just need to get used to the tablet.

    Last night I tried doing a simple landscape using the artist oils brushes

    Morning Stretch - Corel Painter
    Sketches and Studies by Craig Houghton - [11/16]

    I wanted to see if I could make it look like actual oils without it coming across as cheesy.

    By the way, I've been working for quite some time on a large painting of a nude. I'll start posting WIPs this weekend. I'm working up from a detailed neutral gray underpainting into glazes and such. It's a good time.

    Thanks for looking,
    Craig

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    Great sketchbook you've got here. I've been wanting to get Painter for awhile now. I've had a tablet for a couple years now, and I'm still not used to it.

    "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
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    More Painter IX. It's a good time.

    Thanks Welch. Yeah, the tablet is odd for me. I've been trying to practice my ass off with it. I'll catch on eventually I suppose.

    This was done for the DSG (Topic: The Cowardly Lion)

    The Little Coward and the Turtle - Painter IX (sketch and color)
    Sketches and Studies by Craig Houghton - [11/16]

    Thanks for looking!

    -Craig

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    Tin - WIP

    Hey all. This was my submission for yesterday's DSG, but I never finished it up in time. I'm not at all used to the tablet, so it took me far longer than it should have. The topic was Heartless Tinman.

    The tinwoman came upon a tin-man, scorched and blown heart in-hand. She's sharing her pump with him. I imagine they'll head for a repair shop.

    Painter IX - Painted version coming soon
    Sketches and Studies by Craig Houghton - [11/16]

    I'm sure I'm just procrastinating from the oil painting I'm working on

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    I love your navel study, great idea, and great execution. Good luck with Painter, it's some hot shit. In the latest sketch your figures don't seem to fit well with the background, which I feel is a lot stronger. I do like the idea, though. I think the foreground characters seem flat... I suppose that can be fixed by the coloring though. nice work.

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    Update on the tin-man

    Mr Blonde - Many thanks on the navels. They were a good time. I've another body part on the way. Also, I've been working on the foreground figures in the latest thing. I'm hoping they'll be less flat, despite the fact that it's an inky outline style work, by the time I'm done.

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    Here's a so-far on the tin-people thing. She's apparently not made of tin, but I'm not concerned My goal is to just get more used to Painter IX.

    Sketches and Studies by Craig Houghton - [11/16]

    I might not know how to use it yet, but Painter really is pretty badass.

    -Craig

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    Nice stuff Craig! I really like your ideas and compositions very much. The only suggestions (be them ever so humble) I could think of, is to use a wider range of tones and put even more punch in to the highlights. As well as this, proportions can be off occasionally (very occasionally) and maybe an even higher finish in your work(if possible). Then again what would I know ... you are an artist. A lot of these pieces, and those on your site are fantastic.

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    Draw - You're right about the highlights and the tonal range. I've a tendency to hold back. It's definitely something I need to work on. I needn't be afraid of drawing attention, so to speak. Also, thanks so much for the kind words -- they're encouraging!

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    I haven't worked on the Tinman thing since the day before last. I worked for 5 hours straight and lost everything when Painter crashed. I'm so friggin used to traditional mediums that it really sort of devastated me. To suddenly have nothing to show for five or six hours work is really discouraging. Either way, I've worked with computers and programming etc long enough to know soooo much better than to work that long without saving. It was madness, and it was a lesson well-learned.

    Anyhow, I was screwing around in Painter IX again last night. I tried to do a no-ref no-underdrawing straight to brushwork study like I've seen so many others do. This isn't anything too exciting, but it was a great practice.

    harbor tug-ship (some more Painter practice)
    Sketches and Studies by Craig Houghton - [11/16]

    Also, I just got a new scanner. So, I'll probably be a lot more likely to scan the everyday sort of sketches that I usually neglect to thread.

    Thanks for looking!

    Craig

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    Second update today!

    Hey all.

    This was from today's DSG. The topic was Half-Orc Assassin

    Half-Orc Assassin, Painter IX
    Sketches and Studies by Craig Houghton - [11/16]

    -Craig

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    good to see u getting into the digital stuff! the tin womans head looks a little big i think, but good to see u posting more too!

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    Rodrigo - Many thanks. And, yeah, her head is definitely a bit swollen. I tried to compensate for the oversized head on the mannequin I used when drawing, but it's still too big.

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    Here's just a mini-update today. I didnt have much luck in getting any art done.

    Painter coloring practice

    Sketches and Studies by Craig Houghton - [11/16]

    Thanks for looking.

    Craig

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    hey craig

    Nice stuff man. Your improvent in your range of skill as well as level is more than evident, dude. Keep it up. I loved to the robots and the lions and the half-orc (any particular reason why you did that one?).

    Great stuff.

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    nice work overall... but damn your watercolors are sexy!

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