we're back to Synthetik Studio Artist to take a look at another
one of those features that makes this program unique, namely the
ability to use media that interact with one another like liquids.
Those of you with natural media backgrounds, particularly life
drawing, are familiar enough with washes and the great ways they
can interact with dry media like charcoal or Conté. I can
remember in my art school using everything from watered-down Dr.
Martin inks applied with a rag to transmission fluid applied with
a very expensive sable brush. (In retrospect, maybe I should have
done things the other way around.)
Washes and crayons in Studio Artist.
Image by David Nagel.
has the ability to synthesize similar tools, except that, unlike
those experimental art supplies you might have found in the automotive
store, these ones aren't saturated with carcinogens, unless you
count the phosphor from your screen, which I don't. If simply
emulating natural media isn't your thing, take heart in the fact
that your work in Studio Artist can be animated, which only happens
in natural media when you work in a poorly ventilated studio.
You can achieve
a variety of effects with washes in Studio Artist. These range
from washes that will only apply themselves to white areas of
the canvas (for a look that appears like watercolor on Wax) all
the way down to chunky black stuff that will make your underlying
strokes bleed. The program itself includes a few, and I've created
20 variations of my own washes that can be downloaded here
for those of you who don't like to read tutorials or for those
who want to use these as a staring point for your own washes.
For this particular
tutorial, I'll show you how to create a light black wash that
causes bleeding and distortion of the underlying stroke. The image
above and to the right is an example I created using nothing but
Studio Artist's built-in Crayon tool and some washes I put together
in the Paint Synthesizer. And below you'll see an example of four
strokes, three of which show the kinds of washes I used in that
on the left is a straight line that looks something like a Conté
crayon (using the Crackle 1 preset under the Crayon category that
comes standard with Studio Artist). The second stroke uses a wash
that doesn't interact at all with the Conté stroke but
that just applies a tint to the surrounding canvas. Next, you
see the stroke with a wash applied (with hard pressure) to create
bleeding. And on the right you see the wash applied with medium
pressure to produce more of a blur than a bleed and also distortion
of the Conté stroke. You can create all of these fairly
easily using Studio Artist's Paint Synthesizer, and you can save
the resulting Paint Patches for future use so that you don't have
to recreate the wash every time you want to use it.
pick a preset you want to modify to turn it into a wash. I'll
start, as usual, with the first brush in the General category,
Bristle Paint-Contoured. Now we'll do some tweaking to make it
behave like a wash.
into Paint Synthesizer mode and select the category Paint Fill.
Use the following settings:
Mod %: 2
Fill To: Canvas Image
Fill Option: Blend
Now try applying
this setting over a regular Conté crayon stroke. You can
already stop right there. You have a bristly wash. But you can
also take it a little further without much trouble. In the same
Paint Fill palette, change the Algorithm to Mix Apply/Displace
Out. Right under that, switch Replace to Dif Darken. And change
the Blend % to 12. Now try applying it again.
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