For this week's Illustration Friday, I toyed with a new working method in Corel Painter 12.
The black line you see is made with the crowquil brush tool, varying the size between 2 and about 5 pt. I drew that first and made it the top layer in the file. The color wash is made with a variety of gouache brushes. This time I used only one wash color. The different tonal gradations come from painting on separate layers and adjusting the opacity of each layer. I like the simplicity of this method and the feel of the brushes involved. But as I add more layers, my old PC gets painfully slow. Still, I think it's a process worth tinkering with for a while. Maybe, one of these days, I'll get a new powerhouse machine.
The characters in this scene are loosely based on characters in a middle grade novel currently out on submission to agents. I manufactured this scene purely for the IF challenge. Nothing like it happens in the actual story, although I did find that knowing the characters ahead of time helped me to generate the scene more easily.