One of my favorite artist's is Odd Nerdrum.. i own a few of his over-sized Art books and have always been fascinated by his style/technique (along with his subject matter)
recently, i wanted to replicate his technique in Painter 11.. i started out by spending a lot of time learning the Impasto brushes inside and out-- to the point where i modified them to create my own unique variants.. and then i created a Custom palette with my own brushes.. i spent several weeks created abstract paintings, getting really comfortable with the behaviors, etc.. and then decided to use my learning to create a figurative study of one of his works.
so, over the course of 2 weekends-- i created this (total time approx 22hrs)
If you use/know Painter 11-- i mainly used Thick Oil brushes (modified), Grainy chalk (modified to act as Impasto), various palette knives.. a modified Sargant brush that just applies Impasto and i constantly switch between paper variants (these affect the tooth of the paper)
i plan on creating more of these studies in the future.. i had a lot of fun and learned a ton about creating a digital impasto look!
I've been using the software Painter user since it came out (and i'm an expert at using it)--- the recent version, Painter 11 has some good tools and i still use it for my 'fine art/digital paintings'
today i decided to download a trial of Art Rage 3 Pro--- after using it for 2 hours, i bought the full version, for an incredible price of $80 bucks!!?!
i spent almost ALL of today using it-- having a blast!! the final art media is incredibly realistic.. and it's easy to use! i love how the canvas utilizes my full Cintiq screenspace.. and the tools are easily hidden. the canvas papers react very well to the media (and look so real!) and they have this new feature that allows you to 'spray paint' on stickers! (which can be done is a cheesy way-- or done with some style and power-- ala using actual Photoshop .abr brushes!)