I find myself using the Liquid Ink pens in Corel Painter more and more. As I’ve written previously my pen of choice is the Velocity Sketcher with the feature attribute bumped up to around 4.0. The size of the pen is around 1.0. This is significant. It’s a delicate pen and something that I have to be careful with when applying pressure as the results can vary enormously.
Take a look at this diagram to see the effects of varying the feature attribute.
Adjusting the feature attribute for the Velocity Sketcher in Corel Painter X3
You can see that the variation is significant. I love the effects that the lower feature values present. Around 2.0 would probably be optimal if I was producing larger and less detailed work. The grain in the ink stroke is beautiful and enormously satisfying to apply.
Fine sketching with the Velocity Sketcher
For my illustration work I like to use the Velocity Sketcher set to around 1.5 size and 4.0 feature. I always use RGB 0,0,0 (black) for the colour.
I’m not necessarily flashing the Wacom stylus across the screen with any pace. It’s a little more controlled than that, but the effect of applying barely any pressure to just the slightest amount produces some satisfying variation.
Illustration drawn using the Velocity Sketcher with Size 1.5 and Feature 4.0 on 8″ x 8″ x 300dpi canvas
Colour stage 1
I try to draw the image without too much zooming in. I like to see the work at a distance before I consider adding smaller details.
Colour stage 2
Detail showing paper texture beneath digital watercolour and liquid ink illustration
The Velocity Sketcher is an incredible pen for digital illustration. It’s as if it has a personality all of its own. That in itself makes it hugely attractive for an artist but also means that it demands a touch of respect. It sounds awfully pretentious but I feel as though I must get to know the pen as I’m using it as one wrong move and it’s doing things I wasn’t expecting!