Wacom Intuos tutorial, Step 1: Concept & Rough Drawing in Corel Painter Essentials with Aaron Blaise

Wacom Intuos tutorial, Step 1: Concept & Rough Drawing in Corel Painter Essentials with Aaron Blaise

Hey everybody, my name is Aaron Blaze. I have been a professional artist for over 30 years. I was an animator and a director for 21 years at Walt Disney featuring animation. Now, I’m also a painter and a concept artist. I’d like to take you through my process in crating an image using your wacom Intuos tablet and Corel Painter. Why don’t we go ahead and get started. I love to paint animals. I love making fantasy animals. Let’s try mixing two animals together. Let’s try a lion and a zebra. One is a predator and one is a prey. It might be fun. The first thing we want to do is to go under file and open a new document. I like to keep everything around 300 dpi in my dimensions. Let’s do 12 by 8 inches. I like to go by inches and we’ll call it zebra/lion for nothing better. Now we’ve got our document. The next thing I ‘d like to do is to open up that workspace. I pull this corner down. That way my document can float around inside and I can go ahead and paint. I love to work in layers. I click on that little icon and you can see that I have opened up a new layer on top. Now I need to pick a brush and there is a whole bunch of brushes there. Right now it is on blenders. I grab chalking pastel and I’m going to grab a charcoal pencil. When you are getting started with your tablet, I recommend to align it with your screen. If it’s tilted like this and you are trying to draw, your cursor will go on weird directions on the screen. I learned that the hard way when I first started. When you can get your tablet lined up like your screen, then your hand will follow your eyes. Okay? The second thing is, as we start drawing be loose. Do not get noodly with the rough drawing. You want to be loose and you want to be free. It’s the stage where we find our composition. Stay nice and loose and try to sweep trough the image. Keep your brush strokes long. This is your chance to get in there and find your composition I’m paying attention to this reference photograph that I am using of that lion. I want to get depth and form. I look for muscle masses. I try to roughen that image and get it to feel right. I am able to resize it. I can get it to sit inside the composition the way I want it. We are getting a little bit further down the road. I got a little bit of the details. The muscle mass is laid in there. I want to draw this snout here and work out that nose. You notice how the animal is at a rear three-quarter to us. And one of the reasons that I wanted to do that was to show the form and roundness. If it was shown in profile it would feel flat. By turning it in three-quarter I can emphasize the form. When we start adding stripes we are going to be able to emphasize that roundness more. You can see as I draw I try to push that. I want to work some of the details into the snout and face. I got the face done. One of the things that bothers me about the head is that it feels big. I grab my lasso tool and circle the face. Then I click on my lasso tool again and if I hold the shift key in, it shrinks it but keeps the same proportions. Then I click on my unselect, go down and click on none. It gets rid of the selection. So now I get into drawing the stripes on the head. I look up my reference. I am a big advocate of using reference. Use as much reference as you can. I can get in here and start with a real zebra. I can start painting these stripes in on how they might look on a lion. Keep in mind that I stay loose at this stage. I am just just exploring. We got a whole other stage, that we are going to do next, where we refine everything. This is your chance to have fun. Everything after this is going to be tying down the imagery and getting ready for the painting. For me, this is almost the funnest part of the painting. Because anything is possible and I can explore. I got a little bit more of the stripes done. Now I start working on this body. See how those stripes define the roundness of that zebra ? I draw around the form. Keep everything loose and follow the form of that neck. I got the neck done. I get into the body. This is where we get into some really fun stuff. We define the form and get into those muscles. I got a little break there as the stripe wraps around into that latissimus muscle and the ribs. You can see how those stripes define the form. It almost gives it a 3D effect. We have the libra roughed in. I keep it loose. I wanted to see where he is going to sit in composition. I finish a few details on the main. Right now I got a nice sense of what the character is going to look like. We still want to put a background in there. I’m going to finish a couple of details on him. I wanted to find some stripes over the brow and get that right. One of the beauties of working digitally like this is the ability to start trashing around on your composition. You can’t do that with traditional media. You got to be a little bit planned out. One of the things I love is not even plan it. I like to start drawing and see what evolves. That is what do today. We knew we wanted to do this character but I find it as we go. That is what these tools enable us to do, it is fantastic. Working in layers I am able to pour back on the opacity. Later on we are going to deem the opacity. We are going to draw over the top of that. We can build it layer after layer. I try to add some clouds in the background. I want a nice,big open sky. Something clear for a detailee zebra/lion to sit against. That feels good. We got the rough drawing in and got our composition. Let’s move on to the next video.



    where do people draw i have the intuos and the mac but where do we draw


    how do u open a new document it tells me open a new window

  • Anti Skrub says:

    How did you get there into drawing? I'm at the Wacom Desktop center

  • Ambar acevedo says:

    this was really informative. I just started digital art today and I kept on trying to make this perfect drawing with perfect lines and perfect everything and it just wasn't working. I really felt horrible like I wasn't having any fun and it just wasn't looking right. so I looked up so videos to give me tips and stuff and the thing that helped me out the most is when you said to relax and sketch out what are going to draw and not do the line art just yet and to take it slow. I realized I was rushing so I calmed down and tried again and I'm really glad.

  • Diana Luu says:

    hi, i have a question; i uploaded an image onto a layer to trace over it. then i opened a new layer, and whatever pencil i select, it's not drawing black, instead it looks like its re-coloring the image I uploaded since I changed its opacity to really low. can anyone pls help, i'm new to my wacom intuos and corel painter

  • Pau Kehoe says:


  • Lauren Lynch says:

    How do you get that tab for layers?

  • Lauren Lynch says:

    under photo painting, because I have the same program and mine doesn't have it

  • DeeDee1562 says:

    ok so i just got a drawing pad and this helped alot thanks Aaron!

  • Suvii says:

    i just started and i cant see the layers! help!!

  • John DiPaola says:

    Anyone know how to fix the pen lag when you draw, i have a mac and it follows fluently where i go but when i go to draw a line it lags and makes it rather imossible. please help

  • Siriras Pluemchit says:

    i want to know with app is this

  • Marta Villegaas says:

    I just bought my tablet wacom Art and I thought this software was free but I just can try it for 30 days, am I doing something wrong or its just a trial and I have to pay for it after these 30 days?

  • Nichelle says:

    is he using the medium size? I can't see

  • Matias Terren says:

    i just finished drawing my youtube picture and i think its pretty nice.

  • Crazy Kawaii says:

    in the beginning of the video. you use the icon thing that allows you to change layers or things like that. on mine I wasn't able to find out how to get that. how do you get that to show up?

  • FlakyEki says:

    I want to buy a wacom tablet but how can you move the pen and that you don't draw over your drawing?

  • Chiara Unzeitig says:

    So I installed my tablet and corel painter essentials 5 today and in the program itself the pen is hella slow? Like for example if I draw a line, the line on screen will appear seconds after.. Any tips?

  • Umme Qadir says:

    Do Intous tablets work with Adobe illustrator as well ??? and manga studio??

  • lesbian_lester says:

    isn't a Zebra Lion just a tiger?

  • Magic_Zach says:

    I don't get why so many digital artists use macs. Is Macintosh related to digital art, like…everything else is for gaming or office work?

  • ImReadyD151 says:

    very cool video

  • bwyn says:

    drinking game: take a shot every time he says "hit it"

  • Taylor Lewis says:

    Can you use this on windows??

  • Grzegorz Wronkowski - Vlogger says:

    Zebra is not predator !

  • bumble bee says:

    I'm thinking of getting one of these and have been watching videos to see how it looks. I do have one question though, what or how can you take your creation and put it on something to either hang on the wall, give as a gift, etc. In other words, does everything one creates with this only live on your computer or can it be transferred (beside a crummy printout from a home printer) to something else?

  • Riptide Anaklusmos says:

    I'm thinking of buying one of the intuos tablets, and I'm having a hard time choosing from Art or Draw. I'm thinking that there's not much difference in the actually product except for the multitouch, but the art program(corel painter/artrage) that comes with it seem to be quite different. I'm a beginner in digital art, so I don't really know which one supports more feature and which one is easier. I'm leaning towards the Draw, but I can't really decide on my own.. which one should I buy?? (Also does having multitouch and not having it have a big difference?)

  • Rubynuggets says:

    How do you get to see the layers?

  • cameri _ says:

    Im wondering if its ok If i put my hand on the tablet and it wont start drawing random stuff on the screen bc im left handed so i wanna know

  • Cassiyah Smith says:

    Is this compatible with Dell's Inspiration 13 of the 7000 series?

  • Bite of the Bleeding Hollow says:

    What program is he using

  • Angry Pinball says:

    what kind of wacom tablet r u using, is it CTH470?

  • 瑄瑄 says:


  • Sprig says:

    이것만 믿고 샀는데 브러쉬도 하나도 모르겠고 안보여요… ㅡㅡ
    진심 펜압도 잘 안먹히고 오히려 기본 스케치창에서 부드럽게 더 잘그려지네요
    첨에 모르고 꾹꾹 눌러썼다가 펜심닳고 완전 실망..

  • Barbora Holubcová says:

    Yay, I want a pet libra.. or is it lebra, haha

  • Boneless Communism says:

    Is there a magic wand? I need one to draw

  • DandyAniel says:

    I know how to draw I don't know to buy a intuos or not because I am scared I would not be good on digital

  • Kitsune Hebi says:

    Can you tell me where in the settings I can smooth my lines ? I am a little bit shaky with my hand so I want my lines smooth. Can you tell me where I can find it in Corel Painter, please ?

  • Mick Loving says:

    how do i bring up the layers menu? that would be really helpful

  • Marisa Damiano says:

    Can anyone tell me why cant change the size with the lasso tool? I can select an area but I don't have the menu on the left side, it only opens a few selections on the top of the program?

  • Shamar Crump says:

    Hi I live in the Caribbean St.Johns,Antigua I heard that location matters so I'm wondering if your service will have limitations because of where I live.

  • Uveryahi says:

    what's the difference between this tool and Krita? Krita is free and this tool is in a humble bundle atm and I want to know if it would be worth getting it.

  • Madalena Protásio says:

    I'm considering getting a wacom intuos art and I was wondering does the tablet require that I install corel or does it work with other programs as well?

  • Abigail Bates says:

    Very helpful

  • Abigail Bates says:

    I reccomend using paint toolSAI

  • Ghost Hunter says:

    What program is he using?

  • sadia mustari Auntora says:

    which software is using here to draw???

  • TickTock Mage says:

    are you fucking serious. I raged at this thing because I couldn't fucking find the layers BUT THEY ARE RIGHT THERE
    nice tutorial it was awesome though.

  • jason tribue says:

    i thought the Photoshop program came with the Intuious like the Bamboo did. I guess I was mistaken 🙁

  • Aibhlin Ryan says:

    Stupidest video ever. All I want is a good tutorial on how to select pens. I dont care about his stupid art!!! Why cant they have one single good tutorial on how to use this software and pick different pens. I dont know if its me or the software but it really doesnt let me switch between pens. This idiot goes on an on about his stupid art. Who CARES!!!!!

  • Daniel Brewer says:

    anyone know how to open the layers options?? mine doesnt have them open and i dont know where they are. thanks in advanced!

  • Feminine Princess says:

    This was extremely helpful & lovely to watch.

  • Jorge Ramirez says:

    hi i wanted to know how you can move the head part to the left or right if you feel like your head is too low or to back, for example if i drew a dog and his head is slouched downward to much how would I be able to select the head and bring it upward? thank you for your time and support!

  • Tommy Ohlrich says:

    Is getting noodley like getting schwifty?

  • Petal says:

    I want to start drawing and animating, so if you have any new type of pc (i don't know what I'm getting yet) will the intuos work with Paint tool SAI, Photoshop, or any other downloaded art program?

  • Jeremy says:

    Even this professional guy is having hard time to control intuos. It is just wrong.

  • moonbroch says:

    Do comments still get answers here?
    Well just try…
    Iam realy into "real" drawing, not saying that this isnt but I usually draw with pencil and paper you know.
    Well I want to get my hands on a Intuos Art with this program with it.
    So now to my question: how lobg does it take to get used to "doing this".
    On analoge art you move your pencil where you want to draw, so how much difference is there?

  • No.Sweaty. says:

    For some reason I can't open the layer tab….

  • MadeInMarvel says:

    I can't seem to find the transform tool, or even open the fly out to get the transform tool like he did. Am I doing something wrong? I have Corel Painter Essentials 5. This is the only tool I can't seem to find. Nevermind, I was using the mouse to click things, instead of the pen hah silly mistake.

  • Bernard Wang says:

    3:30 who noticed that when he said "but", his pen moved to the butt

  • Charles Mason says:

    I really want to thank you for this demo and giving your clear precise input on how to use it in the step-by-step. I have been looking at this tablet for the past two weeks and this is by far the best video for anybody getting into this. Thank you

  • Chachaiscute says:

    I'm having a problem with the pen that when I draw a line it doesn't show


    i freaking have one of theese and it sucks because you have to pay 30$ for the art software and it is so damn hard to do

  • Cadag Henneryrose says:

    what control key in using lasso tool?he said hod shift key but it didn't work 🙁

  • hamza farzat says:

    Did you draw that drawing on he wall?

  • Moa Johansson MIDe says:

    I dont have layers, my program doesnt look the same. Can you help me?

  • juliet says:

    Does anyone know how he got the transform and other tools from where the lasso/other selection tools were? 🙂 at 4:40

  • wolfy says:

    i cant see my layers when i draw…

  • Jeanne says:

    Hello, it's not long since I have my tablet and I can’t create layers. I will like some help because I search without finding. Thanks.
    (Sorry for misspellings, if there is any, I don’t speak English)

  • Holly Freeman says:

    If anybody could help it would be great. I keep on searching it up and I can’t find anything. Whenever I draw on the Wacom 2015 Intous it draws whatever I do but goes slower unless I make very fast motions. Basically I’ll draw and two seconds later it will do it, it totally messes me up. I don’t know what to do.

  • Jason Lam says:

    That lion looks like a zebra!

  • 벨라녕 says:

    Which brush tool is that

  • Anaa Mariaa Haruuu says:

    T-T I wish I had enough money, I'd love having one.

  • Melissa Walker says:

    zeion = zebra+lion

  • Cherry Berry says:


  • Shura Valentine says:

    my hand….whyyy……i just bought it yesterday and was lol…the heck..it's so hard!!

  • constantine scourtis says:

    Can't do the lasso thing. Can some one explain it a bit more?

  • aimarcello says:

    what is the difference between art and draw? ..

  • OneBrokeBloke says:

    Having never tried drawing digitally at all; Isnt it hard to draw, when you arent looking where your pen is? How can i be precise when im looking at the monitor instead of the pad?

  • Fonti Cast says:

    me to :{

  • Xikachuii says:

    Can i do this without the tablet?

  • Ignoriere mein Profilbild says:


  • Goddess Baybay says:

    How do you use the Wacom tablet as a lefty? Please help! I slang my paper when I write & draw & that tablet is so hard to use for meeeee

  • Casper says:

    Is there a 'reference image tool' in Corel Painter Essentials 6?

  • Shaney P says:

    Nice tutorial, i just purchased a wacom intuos to start learning

  • Bruce Brachman says:

    Being left handed is the best possible setup for using a tablet and a mouse. Being trained by right-handers when the mouse was invented, I am 'right moused'. But, being left handed, I have my tablet always available for those actions that need the tablet. I am very happy with my left tablet/right mouse setup. Thanks Aaron. Great video.

  • Peter Welmerink says:

    Just got a Wacom pen tablet with Corel Paint the other day. I am used to using a mouse for digital drawing, but am truly a beginner with that and the Wacom. I look forward to the drawing tablet. Some of my professional illustrator friends have said this tablet will be a lot of fun to work with. Thanks for the vid.

  • Doodles1947 says:

    If this was meant to be what follows after this guy says "Hold my beer", ok. But if it was meant to teach anything, a waste of time, a turnoff for Corel and Wacom products. I'm sure it wasn't meant to be, but Jesus, man, try and learn something about teaching and in particular starting at the friggin' beginning.

  • RonH_CG says:

    Thank you

  • crazyburger says:

    The new bob ross

  • Doodles1947 says:

    Appallingly bad as a teaching video. Please remove it so it doesn't come up as a Wacom tutorial. It's great for showing us what you know. As far as teaching us, zero.

  • Peter Wild says:

    I am painting artist myself, just trying out the digital way now. Ur tutorial save me a ton of time, thank you

  • Comic Gamer Kids says:

    Penn Jillette is an amazing artist

  • abhay gade says:

    Does this tablet supports 3d software

  • Matthew Woliver says:

    this guy worked as a consultant for Zootopia

  • Super horny Alien says:

    Amazing artist but too much of a master for those who need help learning the very basics.

  • Alex Fromin says:

    Bravoooooo. . . . you can try to paint Trump/Lin-Pia-O…and don´t forget put on Lin-Pia-O head to put a baseball cap. Thank you

  • Rombout Versluijs says:

    I love these real artists, they add a couple strokes and it just like real life. So cool to see people who can do this kind of art

  • Raymound says:

    How come I'm not getting lines like this when using the tool? I just get like plain straight lines

  • neo vivek says:

    started with lion ended with zebra and thats make libra =li +bra

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