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Karenbonaker

Karen Bonaker

Welcome! I look forward to watching you grow as a digital artist, and I want you to know that as an instructor, I am committed to your artistic growth. You will find I am only an email away, and I strive to respond to all emails within twenty-four hours, I am available for any questions or problems you might encounter in class. You will never be stuck or unable to progress, and I think you will enjoy yourself. See you in class!

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this Course

COURSE SYLLABUS

WHAT DO I RECEIVE WITH THIS CLASS:

  • BRUSHES IF APPLICABLE TO THE COURSE
  • CUSTOM PAPERS and TEXTURES when applicable
  • PIGMENTS (Colorsets)
  • ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AS REQUIRED PER COURSE
  • ALL RESOURCES ARE DOWNLOADABLE AND MAY ALSO BE STEAMED ON YOUR COMPUTER
  • WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE ANY TIME YOU CHOOSE
  • LIVE MONTHLY SESSION WEBINARS-WEBINARS ARE ALWAYS RECORDED FOR YOU
  • INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT, MODERATION, and CRITIQUE

JOIN ANYTIME AND RECEIVE ALL CURRENT CONTENT

Software Requirements

A working copy of Corel(r) Painter™ 2016 or greater is required. Remember that you can download a 30-day trial version of the software to use for this class.

A Wacom Pen Tablet & Stylus- Using a Mouse is not the optimal tool for digital painting

A system capable of running Corel(r) Painter™ 2016 or greater

Hardware Requirements

4 GB of Ram or better Note: For optimum performance, your system should have 8GB of Ram or better

PAINTER SKILL SET-WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW HOW TO DO

How to create a new Painter document.

How to use the Brush Selector.

How to use the Colors Panel.

How to use the Property Bar.

How to import a Brush or Brush Category. This is important to know; however, I will show you how to do this in class. 


JULY SESSION: INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL WATERCOLOR- EMPHASIS ON LANDSCAPES AND WATER REFLECTIONS


Value of Water

Color of Water

Fundamentals of painting reflections

Reflections in calm water

Understanding the value of reflected objects

Understanding the color of reflected objects

Instructor painting demonstration of calm water

Student exercise paint calm water, paint breeze on water, and show accurate reflections


AUGUST SESSION: Focus on Gradients

This session will focus on the new Express Gradient tool in Painter 2017. Learn how to apply expressive gradients to your paintings and backgrounds.


SEPTEMBER SESSION: Pet Portraits


Pet Portraits! Yes! Finally! Let's have some fun!
You will paint the "Highland Pup" and I will demonstrate how to paint a kitten and a horse. This class also includes some wonderful reference images and a special one taken by Susi Lawson of a thoroughbred horse. Students will utilize the new Glazing and Texture brush technology in Painter 2017.

OCTOBER SESSION: Fall Leaf Collage


Seasonal Fall Leaf Collages! Have some seasonal fun creating beautiful fall leaf collages. This session includes loads of wonderful textures and imagery to use for your collage!

NOVEMBER-Portraits

The course represents the final compilation of the Blenders to Brushes Series and will focus on portraits using blending and texture techniques. This course will include a Live Webinar Session.


DECEMBER-WINTER LANDSCAPES

This is the final course of the year. Students will learn some creative ways to apply texture in their landscape paintings utilizing the new Texture and Glazing brushes In Painter 2017. The landscape theme will focus on winter scenes.



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