View Full Version : Simple Fill Tool Painting

01-03-2010, 06:35 PM
This was just a simple practice exercise with the fill tool and how it butts up against the edge lines for various tools and dealing with the white pixel line you sometimes have to fight with. But I kind of liked it as a simple design, so I figured, what the heck, I'll post it. Hope it's worth a look. :)

Chalk, pencil, pen, crayon, paint roller water color brush, oil paint brush, gloop pen (for the lines) and the fill tool for the fill. Ink pen and airbrush for under painting to deal with the white pixels at the butts.
Looks better if you blow it up.

01-03-2010, 06:48 PM
I really like this Byron. It would translate to kiln formed glass (fusing and slumping) deliciously :)

01-03-2010, 06:54 PM
I like this, it reminds me of a stained glass:)

01-03-2010, 07:27 PM
If you click in a filled area again with the flood fill tool you can get the flooded area to expand. I use it a lot. I love flood fill. Between flood fill and the selection thing and the jpeg fix, I have almost no reason to use photoshop for art any more.

01-03-2010, 07:30 PM
Looks jazzy to me :D Nice work :)

01-03-2010, 09:23 PM
Juz, Evart, ArtGeek, Gray: thank you each, very much appreciated. :)

01-04-2010, 12:43 AM
Byron I like very much, very colorful.

Rob in Denver
01-04-2010, 03:57 AM
The fill tool is perhaps my favorite new device on AR3, used it alot in the past ( Mainly with Palm art in the old days) and was thrilled to see it. I find it a useful tool to get, (in fact to foster and cultivate), those Happy Accidents we talked about a little on the other post. I try to use tools that will circumvent my own ideas, as the accidents can be better than what I have planned! The fill tool is useful in that regard.
The fill tool on AR3 seems pretty basic, but maybe there are ways to get it to do things I have no figured out yet,
Even on the old Palm software for handhelds, there were options to use the fill tool with textures and gradients, which opened more possibilities.
I like what you have done with it here, and I see that multi-colored line you have made with it ( not up to speed on that yet!). No doubt there is more possibility here, and in your capable hands I bet there are still some surprises in store.
Accepting the white Pixel line as part of the painting can work sometimes, but thats a good tip about clicking two times to help fill.
Just my thoughts...
Using this tool can be an exercise in controlling the line so that pixels don't get loose and flood areas you do not intend!

01-04-2010, 05:39 AM
Valerie, thanks so much - I'm enjoying your visits to all the threads.:)

Rob old buddy: Thanks a bunch. Yes, agreed, that fill tool can make for some terrifically happy accidents and take paintings down some marvelously unexpected and enchanting paths. It's likewise a fun challenge to control the tool for specific visual ideas. Sometimes that pixel line is great and sometimes maddening. When it's maddening I've sometimes found working with an underlayer applying a variety of color (usually ink pen) below can end up making what's maddening suddenly magical. That's become a "workaround" that I can now plan for, or likewise delight with happy accidents. Gotta love it either way. As ever thanks for dropping by - catch you in the next thread. :):):):)

01-04-2010, 06:32 AM
Byron really nice abstract. Outstanding combination of colors.

01-04-2010, 04:08 PM
Hi Oriane. Thanks bunches. :)

01-04-2010, 08:05 PM
Like irregular Lego to me. I have played with that fill tool..it's fun with unexpected shapes and images. :)

01-04-2010, 08:46 PM
This is great Byron! My youngest son always chooses to draw and color in Windows "Paint" because it has that fill tool! Now he has no excuse to use "Paint"!

I have a feeling that the fill tool in AR3 is much more powerful and useful than the old fashion fill tools we were used to. I am also sure that you will be one of the first to discover just how powerful and useful it is. Great painting and great post!

01-04-2010, 10:55 PM
Love it Byron! I see a woman blowing bubbles in the middle! I recently discovered the much loved wand too. Last night when I was painting I said, what is this...oh my gosh-there are the masking tools!!! So much to experiment and enjoy!:D

01-05-2010, 05:09 AM
Pai, Sandy, Eddie - thanks bunches - much appreciated. :):D:)

Sandy: It is that "faces in the clouds" effect: :D:D:D And yes, agree, the transform tool really elevates AR as a practical tool - so much you can do it it now without having to run to another program. :cool:

Pai: LOL - Lego :D

Sketch: Before AR3 I had never used any digital program to paint except AR2.5. So the new fill tool is a revelation to me. It seems like the sky's the limit with possibilities. I notice in the threads that people who do cartoons and such work miracles with it. :) Meanwhile I hope your son will post more soon - maybe he'll post a few fill-tool masterworks. :D:)

01-05-2010, 05:28 AM
Even on the old Palm software for handhelds, there were options to use the fill tool with textures and gradients, which opened more possibilities.

You can do that by putting a stencil of a gradient down and then flooding it. The same goes for textures and such. =D

01-05-2010, 08:32 AM
You can do that by putting a stencil of a gradient down and then flooding it. The same goes for textures and such. =D

Gray, that's a good tip. Other than basic geometrics like squares and circles I don't use pre-made stencils. I do make stencils of my own layers for masking in a given painting. But this use you describe seems a terrifically efficient idea. I have to explore stencils more seeing how some people put them to magical use - scores of outstanding examples throughout the forum. :)

D Akey
01-05-2010, 09:43 AM
Interesting how the thick lines automatically come forward. So there's that implication of dimensional depth. And shapes begin to emerge, a noteworthy one being sort of a chalk outline of a body from another dimension as if trying to define a shape. Sorta like the way people here will sometimes try to have an out-of-body experience. This is where someone without a body is trying to have an in-the-body experience. Colors are sort of Northern European. I figure he'll land in Stockholm or Copenhagen. :):):):):)

L Skylar Brown
01-05-2010, 10:17 AM
OK, Byron, I'm walking your side of the street, and Here is the visual sound of you laughing!!! A little synesthesia just for you!

01-05-2010, 10:23 AM
These are not just bubbles the woman is blowing,
It's a baked egg! :D

This is really cool! :)

01-05-2010, 11:04 AM
Other than basic geometrics like squares and circles I don't use pre-made stencils. I do make stencils of my own layers for masking in a given painting.

I use stencils for circles as well and fast gradients. Outside of that i hesitate though. I don't feel I'm making my own art if I'm just using other people's work in stencils. I was simply noting that it was indeed possible to use the flood tool to make a gradient or texture, because our dear friend Rob in Denver had accused AR3 of being under-equipped (when, as we all know, it really wasn't. :D) I wouldn't stand for it. :D I love you Rob! plz don't hate me! :o

01-05-2010, 03:33 PM
LSB: Man, that is a riot - an explosion of fantastic color and form from a point of nowhere into everywhere. I have no choice but to love the title and thank you for it - that alone is making me laugh. Cool painting on many levels. I''m confident LSB that you're getting that abstract Jones - pretty soon you're a goner. Thanks for creating and posting this - really does give me an ear-to-ear grin. Synesthesia indeed, I'm hearing colors. :):):)

D'Akey: My good man, how I have missed your visits - your reviews provide so much stimulation - you articulate insights into the works (whether simply your own or mapping the artist's mind or both together) that bring additional life to any posted work - all with a serious bent when right and humor to die for when warranted or not. You've mapped me a lot here in ways that bring smiles - you silver tongued devil with the sublime gift for gab. Thanks for dropping by good friend. I truly have missed you.:)

Gray: I'm in the "use whatever tools inspire and assist your creation" camp. For example, what many people do with stencils in this forum is inspired and inspiring. Like any tool, stencils bring with them opportunities for particular creative outputs unique to them . And of course, for graphic designers on commercial projects, whatever gets you from A to Z in the shortest period of time is simply a critical part of business - stencils are essential tools. But I also like full disclosure - I think it's just part of the integrity of any artistic endeavor. It's a necessity for making different kinds of value judgments in context. :):):)

IIQ, you give me large chuckles. Thanks for dropping by and for that egg. :D:):D

L Skylar Brown
01-05-2010, 03:42 PM
I'm so glad you like it!

01-05-2010, 03:45 PM
I'm so glad you like it!
Let's change "like" to "love" in the spirit of full disclosure. :D:D:D:D:):):):)

01-05-2010, 04:30 PM
Pretty awesome, Bryon with using that fill tool plus it seems, just about all the other tools in AR3! Colorful and creative that's for sure. I'm not quite sure if I would ever need the fill tool but I guess I should experiment just for the fun of it seeing your painting!!!

01-06-2010, 02:03 AM
I LOVE the fill tool....as a stencil addict, I find it incredibly useful. Interesting little side discussions re: stencils.....learning to make my own has been a most rewarding process and I think for many of us who are not particularly fond of sketching, stencils can open creative doors.

Anyway, Byron, you used the fill tool magnificently with this one. I can't help but think from looking at your paintings that you have a good time making them.....or at the very least, you feel better upon completion than upon starting. How can those colors and energy currents not be revitalizing?

01-06-2010, 09:43 AM
Thanks bunches FoxyT. Beautiful words. And yes, I enjoy it immensely. :):):):):):)

On the side conversation, your stencil work here in the forum is inspired. It's my benchmark for seeing the broad range of possibilities with them. While I don't use pre-made stencils hardly ever, it's simply that my process is a different one. But I've some ideas in mind for some "all stencil" abstracts that I will attempt soon - most of the ideas inspired by several of your offerings. I remember the stencil challenge project you posted many months back and had great fun participating. The little piece I contributed has, strangely, become one of my favorite efforts. :):):):)