Digital Painting has never been
fun: Learn to paint with Particle Brushes!
A fun companion for your
digital photo image editor!
by Project Dogwaffle
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my name is Greg Taylor - I live in
Birmingham, England. UK, and I'm 30+ years
old. I am
currently studying video game design, I'm a
part time student, part time phone operator.
I discovered "Project Dogwaffle" after
purchasing "PD Particles" from the GarageGames
and then became interested
in more products and upon visiting the
website I purchased the "Cool
" (CCB) which
includes a version of PD Pro, Pixarra
, Digital Auto Painter
(DAP) and several 3D tools as well.
Particles" was the first version of
Project Dogwaffle that I used, but after
using "Project Dogwaffle v4" from the CCB I
soon realised that "PD Particles" is more of
a sample/add on or subset, so V4 became my
first fully adopted version. (the CCB now
I've been using it
only for a few months now (July 2012) but I'm
seeing every day how great it is to help me
with my concept art in game projects.
I do not use real (traditional) paints
at all but I am constantly sketching
(Pencil & Paper) and I find myself
editing images (usually with Paint.Net),
so I do consider myself an artist at
heart, albeit definitely amateur at this
My PC didn't start as the hottest gear
but it's been evolving over time. I
currently use a three year old PC and
upgrade the parts as and when required
(only the motherboard is the original now
after three years)
OS: Windows 7 64bit
Processor: AMD Phenom 2 X4 965
"Black Edition" (3.4Ghz Quad-Core)
RAM: 8Gb DDR2
Graphics Card : EVGA GTX570
What I like most about Dogwaffle are
the the bristle washes, particle brushes
and effects as well as the overall
interface. The nova effect is awesome as
are the gradients. However I am still
learning the program and discovering new
things each time I use it.
Not sure what needs improvement in PD,
as I have not yet looked at the specs for
the newer versions and like I said I'm
somewhat new to Dogwaffle but I'd like to
see an unlimited undo feature and opaque
layers would be very helpful. If either of
these are present in newer versions then
at the moment it's fine for me.
I also use Art
Rage (a version of the program that
came free with my graphic tablet) and Paint.Net
(perhaps my closest free alternative to
Photoshop). As well as the others that
are present in the "Cool Creative Bundle".
I don't do video or animation at the
present but I have recently purchased
Anime Studio 8 Pro and am awaiting its
arrival. Animation is definitely something
I'll explore too.
All of my images shown here have been
created primarily using Project Dogwaffle
V4 from the Creative bundle with the
exception of "FeatherPit3.5" that was
touched up somewhat in ArtRage.
the image to enlarge to full
was a covered canvas with the Fandango
Particle brush preset and then I
burned the darker sections and then dodged
the lighter sections and added a light
wash with a small brush.
I then used the GiniEffect particle
brush preset for the red flames,
experimenting with the shaded and tinted
features of particle brushes, then again a
slight wash of a similar colour and more
burning and dodging. I then created the
heart with the standard brush and
airbrushes in various reds to get the
basic shape and very basic shading.
At this point I moved the piece over to
Art Rage and added more detail to the
grass ,the light bursting through the
floor and the shape and shading of the
heart with the graphics tablet.
Finally I added a few colored layers (at
extremely low opacity) to add light to the
center (yellows pinks & blues) and on
top of that the heat effects handled in
the same way (varying opacity, but
remaining below 30%).
The whole piece took 2 hours start to
the image to enlarge to
was done entirely in
Project Dogwaffle v4 and using my mouse.
I took a blank, white, page and drew a
line across with the Winter branches
particle brush preset.
Doing so created two things : Trees
& Roots.So I took a wash (white) to
the roots to create the shadowy reflection
I then proceeded to use the wash for
the remainder of the painting, using
several shades of Grey, Blacks, Blues,
Yellows, Greens, Pinks & White (Mainly
Greys & Blues).
Finally I added 5 nova effects of
different sizes, using pink and blue
as the nova colours.
The Whole piece took less than an hour
to complete, start to finish.
the image to enlarge to
started with a
I then gave the whole thing several
washes (light & Lighter) using the
same colours as the sky.Repeated 2x
I then used the starry effect for the
clouds using various brushes from the
brush window. Repeated 2x
Using the Burn, Light wash &
splatter to add some shading to the
clouds. After this simple lightning
effects and two small nova effects the sky
A line of tall trees came first with a
row of smaller trees & bushes
infront and then the same grass brush with
the shading on and off to create a path.
Finally I added some fanciful bushes
and added flower effects.
The whole piece was done in Project
Dogwaffle v4, with a mouse, and completed
in under 30 minutes, start to
I'll say I am a total noob to this
program and have not had any training or
followed any tutorials, simply, the
interface works really well for me and the
program is very intuitive in my opinion. I
like to just jump in and explore.
I hope people like these three pieces,
there is more on the way, so please come
back soon. I don't have a website at the
moment but I am looking into it for the
future and hope to have that piece of
information added here then.
UPDATE AUGUST 2012:
a few more sketches
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