Learning to Use a Wacom Tablet

I now have a Wacom tablet.  It’s one of the things I’ve always wanted.  It was the only thing I wanted for Christmas.  Now, Ill be able to take my art to another level.

First I have to break in the tablet.

With that said, my goal for this week has been learning how to use it.


First Creation

I installed the tablet, along with the 30 day trial of Corel Painter Essentials 5 that came with it.

Corel Painter is a program that has the ability to emulate tradition media.  It has a wide range of selections from pencils, acrylics, airbrushes and digital watercolors.

Instead of starting with a tutorial I dove right into the program on my own.

I clicked on the charcoal brush and started my first digital creation.

elisa original


Everything on this portrait is done on the canvas level.  The center line of the face is still visible and every color choice is displayed on the left.

I had watched videos of artists using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop before  so I knew that digital works are mostly done in layers.  But, I had no idea how to use that function.


End Result

The main difference with the finished sketch is the background and the headpiece.

I took the eraser function and cleaned up the left side.  Then,  I used the airbrush and spayed the background.

I used a base color for the headpiece and used yellow afterwards to give the illusion of lighting.  A dark purple was used as a shadow.

elisa crowned

This is the end result.

Now it’s time to work through a tutorial on the tablet.

The future looks bright.

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