Can Watercolor Fashion Illustrations be Painted on the Computer?

Fashion Illustration with Corel 12 Watercolor Brushes by Heather Fonseca

Faux-Watercolor Fashion Illustrations in Corel Painter 12

Over the past several weeks I’ve had a field day creating watercolor fashion illustrations on the computer with my new Corel Painter 12 program. I never knew it could be so much fun to draw and paint without paint and paper. Although my rendering techniques aren’t perfect yet they definitely improve with each illustration. So to answer my own question, yes, traditional watercolor fashion illustrations can be “painted” on the computer!

In my last post I wrote about my plans for a daily drawing challenge. I wanted to try a different set of digital brushes each day and in the process become familiar with each one. So how did that go you might wonder. Unfortunately it kinda fizzled. Part of the reason is that some of the media in Corel Painter is PERFECT for fashion illustration, and others are for something else entirely, so I flew from wildly excited one day to wildly frustrated the next. One media that stopped me in my tracks is Corel’s version of watercolor. There are three: Digital Watercolor, Watercolor, and Real Watercolor. All of them are amazing, but I think my favorite are the Real Watercolor brushes. The paint drips, spreads, shrinks into the paper and generally acts as annoying and fabulous as real watercolor. I’m hooked! Here are some new fashion illustrations created with Corel’s digital watercolor brushes.

Girl in a Stripe Jacket made with Digital Watercolor Brushes

According to the tutorial I’m watching at Lynda.com, digital watercolor is Corel’s earliest version of watercolor brushes. They are the most primitive, but I enjoyed them immensely regardless. Here’s a quick drawing I made with the digital watercolor brushes.

Fashion Illustration with Corel 12 Watercolor Brushes by Heather Fonseca

Girl in a Green Jacket made with Watercolor Brushes

The Watercolor brushes are the next generation of faux watercolor in Corel’s digital wonderland. It uses a special “watercolor paper” that allows the paint to behave more realistically than before.

Fashion Illustration with Corel 12 Watercolor Brushes by Heather Fonseca

Girl in a Grey Jacket in Real Watercolor Brush

Corel’s Real Watercolor brushes are the newest, and the most spectacular.  In this fashion illustration you can see how I used some of the more interesting brushes to create the shadow behind my figure, and I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun rendering denim, which is notoriously hard to get right when painting in real life.

Fashion Illustration with Corel 12 Watercolor Brushes by Heather Fonseca

More Faux Watercolor Fashion Illustrations

Digital watercolor fashion illustration by Heather Fonseca

Digital watercolor fashion illustration by Heather Fonseca

There’s what I’ve done so far with Corel Painter’s watercolor brushes. What do you think of my digital watercolor fashion illustrations? Have you tried Corel? What do you think of it?

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