Even though I have a career as a teacher, I find it to be a challenging endeavor to attempt to explain what exactly I do to create the graphics I share daily.  But I will give it a serious try.

Starting from the basics, the first thing I do is to open the program I use, which is at this point called Corel Painter 12.  That's the latest in a long line of programs I have used since I started making the graphics in the mid-1990s, upon learning that I was suffering from cataracts (I now have artificial lenses in both eyes).

What Are You Working On

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I choose to create a New Image.  I am currently using an 800x800 pixel black canvas.  Below is a look at the program layout.

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Color tools and layer selector are to the right.  There are many other tools to the left.

It all really starts with the selection of a general color scheme.  I usually select a gradient (which I can create myself, but there are also many pre-made gradients) to dump on the canvas with the bucket tool.  I may spill several different buckets before I have what I think I can work with.  And I always keep in mind that I have an Undo button if I don't like where it is going.

Here is today's example.

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Now there are a lot of manipulations I can do with these colors.  I can spin them:

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I can put them in a spheroid...

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…or a rhomboid shape.

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Or I can apply marbling:

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Most often I do a combination of those:

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Sometimes I repeat at least one of those processes:

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Then maybe add a bit more color:

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I can adjust the tone scale if I find something I would prefer:

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I might apply some surface texture and/or a lighting affect.

All those are just the tip of the iceberg of what can be done.  I didn't touch any of the brushes for this piece.

The last thing I usually do is try to come up with a name.  I shall call this one

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