Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Simplifying Digital Watercolor Painting

I painted a watercolor wash sketch in Rebelle 3 to just try out the brush.  At the same time I started to use a grey scale underpainting in my digital work. I would then proceed to color the grey scale painting using the different blend modes in the layer editor. The blend modes I would use were either  Overlay, Color, Multiply or a combination of the three. I would also use the Normal blend mode decreasing the opacity of the layer. The idea was to solve the drawing
and the values first then apply the color using the different blend modes. This will help not only to preserve the drawing and value structure underneath but it will also preserve the brush strokes and if I wanted to cover up anything I can adjust the opacity in the Normal blend mode to do so.

It occurred to me that I can preserve the unique qualities of the the watercolor brush tool in Rebelle in the same way.

The first version above was done in Rebelle. The other version was done in Auto desk sketchbook after I saved the original grey wash done in Rebelle as a TIFF image and opened it up in Sketchbook.

The last image is the original watercolor wash drawing done in Rebelle 3

 Process videos can be found on my YouTube Channel here or my Patreon page by clicking here

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