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A Horse is a Horse of course!

I’ve been watching several tutorials in an attempt to learn more about my Corel Painter 12 painting software. Not so much to see what other people are painting, but to find new techniques using the vast amount of brushes available, and of course my never ending quest to paint ‘animal fur’ better.

One person who I have enjoyed watching and who does show all kinds of fun uses for the brush selections, is Aaron Rutten.  He has loads of tutorials on YouTube that are easy to follow and gives you an idea of how to create textures using papers, layer blend types, mixing and matching brushes and basically just experimenting and of course having fun.  For even the newest to the world of digital art, Aaron is definitely someone to check out.

As most of you know, I love painting animals.  However in the past I have had to sit and paint in each strand – which while it isn’t as bad as it sounds, it doesn’t always work that well.  Even the smallest detail brush for me often leaves lines that simply don’t look right.  So, I decided to watch a couple of tutorials, and one of Aaron’s was interesting enough for me to try out his suggestion of using the FX Furry brush.  I took it all a step or four further and played around til I got something I wanted.

It’s all a case of playing with layer types, opacity, focus and of course colours to get exactly what you want.

So here is my ‘horse’ experiment painting.

And for those who often ask me how I do things, here is a little mock up – it’s not terribly in depth – as I say you have to play about to get exactly what you want.
Anyway, hope you like this – now I have an idea of how to get these results, I might actually do an entire head!


Self taught artist back living in New Zealand after more than a decade of living in Canada. Starting over in more ways than one but always up for the challenge!

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