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Program used – Serif DrawPlus 4.0


  I created this using Serif DrawPlus 4.0 which is a graphics program that is no longer produced. I bought it in a pack last year when I thought my nephew was going to study Grapic Design at University. In order to have more effects to play with I posted it into My Pictures and then re – opened it with Microsoft Photo Editor.  I wanted to cover all bases so I went back to My Picture and opened it with Paint which is a basic program on Microsoft and then I tried Serif PhotoPlus 6.5 and Serif Photo Manager 1.0. I was incredibly lucky when I bought the Serif package because there were five discs in the pack for approximately $10 US dollars.  There is probably an easier way to do all this but I was delighted to have worked out a way that enabled me to use all the tools and effects.

Here is the process by which I created “Woman in Blue Shirt”.  I made it in Photoshop, but I believe that the same principles will work in other graphics programs.

First, I created a new layer and blocked out the image using shapes.

Next, I created another layer over the shapes.  I used the brush tool with a 5 pixel tip and painted in the outline of the image.  I created another layer behind these first two layers and filled it with a green background.  Then I deleted the shapes layers.

I created another layer and named it “Eye” (Rename a layer by double-clicking it and typing in the name).  Then I zoomed in and painted one eye, then copied the eye layer and flipped it with the Transform function (Edit>Transform>Vertical Flip) and adjusted the placement. 

Next, I created separate layers for the lips and nose.  I painted half the nose and then duplicated that layer and merged the two sides of the nose.   By doing this I got a symetrical nose.  I painted the lips on the Lips layer.   Note:  in all of the detail work for the eyes, nose, and lips, I selected different size brush tips and various colors.  I used the Smudge tool with an Airbrush tip to blend the colors.

I merged the eyes, lips, and nose layers with the face layer, then picked a larger brush tip and applied various colors.  I used the Airbrush smudge tool to blend the colors.

I made separate layers for the shirt and the hair and applied the appropriate colors and blendings.  


Finally, I zoomed out, made some final adjustments to the hair, face, clothing and background, added a texturizing filter to the blue shirt to make the “weave”,  merged all the layers, and  then cropped the image.  Here is the finished product:

Image and tutorial by Lori Gloyd (c) 2007

In the space before waking

In the space before waking
she saw
the eyes upon her
and knowing she could never know
the place beyond Fran
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Woman, Sideview

Digital Sketch

Lori Gloyd (c) 2007


This started out as a simple sketch with a stylus straight into the application with no help from another image.    It’s been awhile since I’ve actually drawn on a wacom tablet and I was just fooling around.  Then I started to apply the color using soft brushes and air brushes.  I still need to perfect hair (I have trouble with hair in traditional media too), but I am pleased with the other details.

Another drawing practice

I am following tutorials in drawing gleaned from google. If only features were as easy as hats!Fran

“Indigo Waters”

I created a “sketch” of the mountain and moon in Terragen to block out the image. Then I applied layer after layer of “paint” to create the waterfall, mist, clouds, and shrubbery using a wacom and stylus.

Monika’s e-mail label, “Indigo Moon” inspired this piece.

Lori Gloyd (c) 2007


This is truly a practice session: First item, no longer have a simple insert for pictures in this. If it does work, I am trying to do the portrait by drawing first in Procreate Painter and then developing the features, shading etc. with the Canvas Paint program. The first makes the lines easier to do in light and dark choices of brush and the latter enables pushing and blending of color more effectively. I am finding working on the small area of the WACOM very different than with my water color brushes and so am still a learner. I thought you might both share my attempts and give advice. Fran

“Pharoanic Moonlight”

constructed with Terragen and Photoshop7

Lori Gloyd (c) 2007


To create this image, I started by copying and pasting the lassoed image of the pyramids and foreground, then manipulating this layer by adjusting the levels, color balance, hue and contrast. The basic sky background I made in a free downloadable program called Terragen (Terragen is a landscape/skyscape building program). However, I could have also made the background by making a gradient fill in the appropriate colors and adding a highly feathered white circle for the moonglow. I added the starfield by making a separate file of a black background and applying the “Noise” filter to add the “stars”.  Then I adjusted the black background to a blue to match the sky and then added them as a layer. Then I added the moon and Orion constellation as separate layers. Finally, I added a lensflare to the moon and the star Sirius.

MS Paint is a very basic program supplied with Windows, but it is very useful. Think of it as an artist’s notebook – you can simply and easily sketch an idea, then save it and import it later into a more sophisticated program like PS or PSP to refine it. I have often done this with very good results.
If you don’t have a graphics program and want to experiment with MS Paint, go right ahead. You can do a surprising amount with it, get a good feel for working with graphics, and save the result in any format – just go file>save as and choose from the drop down menu in Save as Type.

First let’s take a look at the screen. It’s very simple – drawing area, which you can resize from normal to large in the drop down View menu on the top task bar. The large size really is large (bigger than your computer screen) and allows you to refine your drawing pixel by pixel. .Slider bars on the bottom and right edge of the drawing area allow you to move around it.

The menu on the left has eight icons. Reading from the top, left to right:
Select (the square) and Freeform Selection (the star). Draw around parts of the image you want to move or change without affecting the rest of the drawing.
Eraser (the eraser icon) and Fill (the paint can icon. The eraser removes parts of the picture, the Fill tool fills the drawing area with colour.
Pick Color (the eye dropper icon) and Zoom (the magnifying glass). Click the Pick Color tool on any color in your drawing you want an exact match for. Zoom into work pixel by pixel (but you will have to use the drop down view menu Zoom>normal size to reverse it.
Pencil (the pencil icon) is a simple one pixel drawing tool. Brush (the brush icon) can be resized from a menu that appears below.
Airbrush (the can icon) can also be resized, and Text (the A icon) allows you to add text to your drawing.
The remaining six icons are preset shapes. The straight slanted line icon is for drawing straight lines point to point, the squiggly line allows you to make curves. Rectangle, ellipse and rounded rectangle are self explanatory preset shapes, while Polygon (the .odd shaped L) lets you make a variety of polygon shapes a line at a time.


Let’s start by making a simple drawing. If you have never drawn with a mouse before, you will have to practice a bit. I have drawn with a roller ball mouse and an infra red mouse and found them both suitable. A good way to help you keep control is to lay a sheet of white A4 copy paper on your desk and move the mouse on that.


This is a very simple drawing of a woman’s profile and some leaves in Pencil, Black. I am going to use the Fill tool to paint the different areas of the drawing.

Go to the top menu, click colors>edit colors. A colour pallet box will appear. Click Define Custom Colors and choose a flesh color from the palette. I chose from the orange range. Click OK and click on the Fill tool. Click on the area of the drawing that you wish to fill with that colour. If the whole drawing fills, then you have left and escape route for the colour somewhere in your lines. Zoom and check the lines until you find the break and fill it in (remember to click back to your Pencil and your drawing colour).


Now fill the other areas in the same way, choosing your colours from the color palette. (Sorry about the mix of UK and US spellings here). You can also pick colours from the palette at the bottom of the screen but the drop down color box gives you more choice.

Now you can draw in the hair with the Brush tool.


And finish with the Fill tool. Just fill everywhere there’s an opening, and trim up any left over pixels with the brush.

Now click View>Zoom>large and fine tune. I used the Pick Color tool to choose the background blue, and then the brush to take out the bump on my lady’s forehead.


I also drew in her eyes and mouth, using the Ellipse and Fill tools to make the iris and pupils, and adding small one pixel highlights in white with the Pencil.


And this is my finished drawing. Later on, I’ll show you how I fine tune it in PSP.


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