I secretly made this drawing to gift it to my girlfriend. So, for me, it has a special value. Her name is Vanessa and hence the title of the painting. ‘Cadenus and Vanessa’ is the title of a poem by Jonathan Swift gave rise to the name of Vanessa.
Its original resolution was 5000px x 3000px and it was made using my Wacom Intuos 3, Corel Painter XI for painting and Adobe Photoshop CS4 for post-production.
The brushes I used in Corel painter were divided in two groups: painting and blending.
1.- Round Camel Hair texture, custom brush for paint details. With light pen pressure acts as a blender.
2.- Square Conte, for blocking colors and big color areas.
3.- Digital airbrush, for smooth color transitions
1.- Grainy water, I adjust the jitter to 0.39 for a better no-linear blending
2.- Real Blender Round, for blending on the oil way.
I alternately used ‘basic paper’ and ‘coarse cotton canvas’ changing the contrast depending on the area I’m painting or blending.