Everything Old is New Again

I've been going through some of my older photography. I shot this photo of a Buddhist monk in Tokyo during the mid-90's on film and had the roll converted to Kodak's PhotoCD format. Because I was unhappy with the overall quality, these images have languished for years. Now flash forward to the present. Photoshop CC has so many excellent dynamic range recovery capabilities now that I am able to extract much more contrast and detail out of these images than in the past.

I used Jixipix's excellent Aquarelle app to transform the photo into a watercolor appearance. I used some John's Watercolors brushes to distress the edges, as well as lighten some of the image itself.

John's Watercolors User: Kenneth Broström

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Swedish artist Kenneth Broström writes,

Thanks for your brushes! I'm still trying to learn. This is a portrait of my daughter. I used a photo for the sketch only the rest is made in Photoshop and Painter. Thanks again from Sweden!" I think Kenneth is figuring out the brushes very well!

You can see more of Kenneth's work at his website. (I've utilized Google's Translate in the link so that text portions are converted to English.) If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!

John's Watercolor User: Kevin Parnell

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Artist Kevin Parnell says of Painter, "This program gives me the ability to use so many different media, and to experiment with many different styles. I’ve done a lot of “impressionistic” style images, and now am exploring more “artsy” photo styles."

"Your watercolor brushes that I used were the Gel Wash, Gel Splatter, and Gel Mixer. I also used a little Real Soft Pastel for some of the edge detail, and a Diffuse Camel watercolor brush for some texture. I used French Watercolor paper as the canvas surface."

You can see more of Kevin's work at his website.

If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!





John's Watercolor User: Kathy Pilgrim

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Artist Kathy Pilgrim created this image with a combination of John's Watercolors and brushes from Jeremy Sutton.

"I pulled up a colored sketch I did a long time ago. I then painted it with John Derrys watercolor brushes. I also used a few of Jeremy Suttons water brushes in PaintBox 1. I found Johns brushes wonderful to work with. I am really watercolor challenged. I did this in my bold, loose free style. I can find a gazillion things I could do to be more detailed, but it said enough to me so I finished it. I love your brushes John."

You can see more work at Kathy's gallery at PBase.

If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!

John's Watercolors User: Barb Hartsook


Northern Ohio artist Barb Hartsook created Snowy Trees with John's Watercolors. I like Barb's spontaneous approach.

"This is a quickie, done on different layers. Your watercolor brushes give me the feeling of painting with real paints, but without the slowness of Painter’s watercolor layers. With the Wet Rough and Wet Soften brushes, I can get the look of traditional watercolors fading away – a look I like.

I used the following brushes on this doodle: Gel Wash to get the background. Great brush for skies, distant mountains or trees. Wet Bristle to draw the trees. Versatile brush that will do just about anything I want it to. It responds to how I hold it and move it, and with how much pressure. I feels real in my hand. Gel Opaque to paint the snow. Wet Splatter for the fun."

You can head over to Barb's blog, Over Coffee, to see more of her work.

If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!

Hilarious Cartoons Featuring Corel Painter

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Run—do not walk—over to Victor Lunn-Rockcliffe's hilarious Painter cartoon page at PBase. I featured Victor a few weeks ago with a piece he created using John's Watercolors.

Victor possesses a distinctly unique way of visually describing his journey while learning Painter. Done in a pen & ink style, he takes various Painter tools and concepts, putting his own detailed spin on them. Anyone familiar with or just delving into Painter will immediately identify with Victor's subjects.

I have to admit that the first time I read through these fabulous insights into Painter, I was laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my cheeks! Victor has a penchant for minutely detailing concepts in a manner that is both humorous and revealing.

Do yourself a favor and head over to Victor's colorful Painter cartoon page. It'll definitely put a smile on your face!