Advanced Landscape Painting With Corel Painter X3 & 2015

Discover how to use Corel Painter to paint 4 different kinds of landscapes from your imagination.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

Have you ever wanted to paint nature scenes from your imagination without directly copying a photo? My in-depth digital painting course will teach you how to master the art of creating landscapes with Corel Painter. This course features 4 different hands on projects. -- Sunset Sky, Thunderstorm, Starry Desert and Jungle Waterfall. Each lesson is about an hour long.

Discover advanced painting techniques like underpainting and glazing which were popular among classical painters. Modern techniques will also be explored, like painting repeating objects with a custom Image Hose Nozzle and using layers to compose your paintings. Each lesson starts with a warm-up video which will help you memorize observations about how each landscape element looks in real life. Next, we'll use those observations to create a digital painting from start to finish. As I paint, I will be describing my process step by step. I make it easy to follow along by highlighting each important step and showing a view of my hand while I paint on my Wacom Cintiq 24HD tablet.

Included in this course is a custom Corel Painter workspace which contains all of the brushes and tools required to paint along with the lessons. This course is compatible with Corel Painter 2015 and Painter X3. Once you have completed this course, you will have the skills to create your own landscape paintings from imagination.

What are the requirements?

  • Wacom Tablet Required (Intuos, Cintiq, etc)
  • Tablet Pen-Tilt (Helpful, but not essential)
  • Corel Painter X3 or Painter 2015 Software
  • Watch a few of my YouTube videos to learn the basics of my technique

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn Advanced Landscape Painting Techniques
  • Improve Illustration Workflow Efficiency
  • Learn Image Composition Techniques
  • Learn to Paint In-Perspective
  • Discover How To Improvise (Paint from imagination)
  • Learn Realistic 3D Shading & Lighting Techniques
  • Learn Advanced Use of Layers & Composite Methods
  • Learn How To Create Monochrome Underpaintings (Grisaille)
  • Learn How To “Glaze” Underpaintings With Color
  • Learn How To Use & Create Custom Image Hose Nozzles

What is the target audience?

  • Artists Who Are Familiar With The Basics Of Corel Painter
  • Artists Who Are Familiar With My Technique From My YouTube Videos

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction & Resource Files

Instructor, Aaron Rutten introduces the course and gives instruction on how to follow the lessons.


Course instructions and resource files for the lessons.


An overview and guide to using the custom Corel Painter X3/2015 workspace included in my Advanced Landscape Painting Course. The workspace contains several custom brushes which are required to participate in this course.


An bonus video for those who are interested in how to make your own custom Image Hose Nozzle brushes with Corel Painter. Image Hose Nozzles can be created from anything you can illustrate or photograph. I have created nature brushes for grass, clouds, rocks and waves. And even brushes that are more abstract or painterly.

Section 2: Dead Tree At Sunset

About Warm-Ups

We will start each week by making observations about the type of landscape we will be painting. By analyzing photos of each landscape element in detail, we will gain a deeper understanding of how to paint each element from memory. When we are ready to create our assignment painting, we will draw from these observations and use them to assist us as we compose scenes from our imagination.

The images used in this video are public domain photographs I found by doing a web search for images which are in the public domain. It's recommended that you download some of your own reference images to examine at home.

Warm-Up 1 - Sunset Sky, Cloud & Tree Observations; Gradients; Grisaille (Glazing) Method Overview; Image Hose Nozzle Brushes


Reference Image, New Canvas, Painting A Cloudy Sky In Monochrome, Color Glazing


Glowing Sky, Additional Clouds, Painting A Dead Tree


Focal Blurring, Sunlight Glow, Evaluating Value Structure, Balancing Light & Dark Contrast, Painting Distant Birds

Using Layers
2 questions
Section 3: Thunderstorm

Stormy Sky, Lightning, Puddle, Rain & Cloud Observations


Painting A Stormy Sky In Monochrome, Color Glazing & Painting A Field Of Grass


Painting A Path, Painting A Puddle, Adding Background Objects & Tall Grass Nozzle Brush


Painting A Lightning Bolt, Adding Falling Rain & Focal Effects

Using Composite Methods
2 questions
Section 4: Starry Desert Sky

Starry Night Sky & Desert Observations; Image Hose Nozzles


Defining The Horizon, Adding Planes Of Land, Painting The Sky In Monochrome & Color Glazing


Distant Plateau Details, Ground Details, Shrubs Nozzle, Adding Layers Of Clay & Additional Objects


Painting Stars, Zoom Effect, Color Tinting, Vignette, Value Check, Equalize Brightness & Focal Effects

Additional Color VS Main Color
2 questions
Section 5: Jungle Waterfall

Waterfall, Jungle, Forest & Tree Observations


Painting Cliffs & Waterfall In Monochrome, Splashing Water & Mist, Painting The Sky


Adding Cliff Textures, Color Glazing, Adding Moss & Painting Distant Trees


Adding More Layers Of Trees, Adding Tree Trunks & Branches, Painting Foreground Trees & Painting Leaves


Water Ripples, Color Tinting, Adding Mist & Focal Effects

Image Hose Nozzles & Image Hose Brushes
2 questions
Section 6: Conclusion

What to do after completing the course.

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Instructor Biography

Aaron Rutten, Artist & Corel Painter Master

I'm a Seattle based artist and educator with over 10 years of experience working as a professional artist. I have exhibited and sold artwork in countries all around the world, and I specialize in digital painting with Corel Painter and a Wacom tablet. I enjoy painting a variety of subjects, including landscape painting, still-life, impressionism, surrealism, cartooning and abstract art.

As an educator, I share my illustration techniques as video tutorials on my YouTube channel that has over 37,000 subscribers and nearly 6.5 Million views. My channel features over 700 video tutorials that teach nearly every aspect of digital painting with software such as Corel Painter, Photoshop, ArtRage and Adobe Illustrator. I also work with sponsors like Wacom to review their tablets and products for digital painting. In my studio, I use a Wacom Cintiq 24HD and I paint outdoors on a Wacom Cintiq Companion.

I have been teaching art lessons for over 5 years, and provide both in-person lessons and online lessons. Students have traveled from as far away as Qatar to study in person with me.

I have been using Corel Painter for over 10 years. As a Corel Painter Master Elite, Beta Tester and member of the Corel Painter Advisory Council, I provide recommendations for improvements to the software. I am fully endorsed by Corel and I have an in-depth understanding of how to use the Corel Painter software.

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