..in my case, the sin of Believing Thou Art Dave Gibbons, And Sticking Lots Of Nifty Design Elements Into Your Comic That Mean You End Up With Fiddling Spot Illustrations To Do When You've Already Lost Time To Being Ill And It's No-One's Fault But Your Own.
The upside is, it was a perfect excuse to play with the new free upgrade to Corel Painter (IX to IX.5, named with a fine disregard for both the Roman and Arabic number schemes). For those of you not in the know, Painter is a photoshop-style painting program with the added twist of looking like real media - oil paint, watercolour, chalk, crayon - and all of it capable of being squooged and squished (technical terms there) around in a way utterly impossible in Photoshop. I use Painter to make it look as if I'm using real paint to carefully imitate slick Photoshop colouring instead of, as I used to do, Photoshop to carefully imitate paint carefully imitating Photoshop. I think.
My first copy of Painter was version 6, which was a frustrating mix of amazing features (all the natural media stuff) hamstrung by a clumsy interface, incessant bugginess and the inability to deal with large files. Painter went through various hands before being bought up by the Corel Corporation (of CorelDraw and PhotoSuite fame), who worked hard on taming the beast, bringing the interface into line with Photoshop, and wrestling hard with the sh*te-storm of code under the bonnet. Their first try, Painter 7, received mixed reviews, but on trying a download of Painter 8 I realised that for the first time they'd created a serious tool for working on large print-resolution files. Normally I only upgrade my software with every other version number, but when Painter IX came out only nine months later, the speed improvements were so good I shelled out straight away. As with IX, IX.5 offers hardly any new features, just more speed improvements and the odd useful little tweak - like separating the eraser from the brush tool so you can select it work a keystroke. Colour handling is much better too, and best of all, it's a free upgrade if you already have 9 (though if, like me, you were still on 9.0, you need to run the free 9.1 updater first).
To celebrate this new version, I've made a Painter colour set that mimics the standard Photoshop swatch set. I'm making this, plus a custom Photoshop swatch and brush set, available for free download here. Have fun.
(NOTE: following complaints, I've discovered the Painter colour set won't open following download, so I'm withdrawing it until I can fix the problem; my apologies.)
The illustration came out quite pleasingly - it reminded me of Arno's spot illustrations for Les Aventures D'Alef-Thau. At some point I'll do a post to show the influence of Arno's work on my own.
Once I've got all my spot illustrations out of the way...