Ink Illustration Of Carole Lombard

I love the beautiful women of the 1930’s silver screen. Rita Hayworth, Greta Garbo, Fay Wray. These ladies looked stunning and I love to sketch their publicity shots using different media.

Carole Lombard, in particular, I find hypnotic. Those eyes.

So here I’ve had a bash at a quick ink drawing. I’ve taken some liberties with the hair.

For the eyes (crucial to get those spot on) I started with two large dots for the pupils and built around them. Essential to place the eyes correct in the head and get the right amount of white space around them.

Carole Lombard. Velocity Sketcher. Corel Painter 2017. Click for larger version.

Pencil sketch of Roald Dahl’s BFG using Corel Painter X3

This image was drawn using the Velocity Sketcher and a 6B Pencil in Corel’s Painter X3.
I’m using a Wacom Cintiq.

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It’s becoming more important to me to create art digitally that I’m comfortable creating using traditional media. I’m not much of a painter so have reverted back to ink and pencils.

Corel Painter does of course allow me to experiment and make mistakes. But there’s something enormously satisfying about sticking to basic pen and pencil.

Liquid Ink illustration in Corel Painter

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!

An illustration created using the Velocity Sketcher and Digital Watercolor in Corel Painter


Initial line drawing using the Velocity Sketcher


Settings for the Velocity Sketcher Liquid Ink Pen

The canvas is 8″ x 8″ x 300dpi.


Colour applied use the Fine Tip Color brush from the Digital Watercolor collection

Settings for the Fine Tip Color brush

Settings for the Fine Tip Color brush


More colour applied using Fine Tip Color


Detail of the effect of Fine Tip Color beneath the Liquid Ink layer

I find this combination of Liquid Ink and Digital Watercolor to be very satisfying. It’s not only a pleasure to use but also produces an interesting and textured final piece.

I particularly like the variation in the line that the Velocity Sketcher offers. You can see some of those barely visible ink strokes applied with the finest amount of pressure from the Wacom stylus.