One of my favorite artist's is Odd Nerdrum.. i own a few of his over-sized Art books and have always been fascinated by his style/technique (along with his subject matter)
recently, i wanted to replicate his technique in Painter 11.. i started out by spending a lot of time learning the Impasto brushes inside and out-- to the point where i modified them to create my own unique variants.. and then i created a Custom palette with my own brushes.. i spent several weeks created abstract paintings, getting really comfortable with the behaviors, etc.. and then decided to use my learning to create a figurative study of one of his works.
so, over the course of 2 weekends-- i created this (total time approx 22hrs)
If you use/know Painter 11-- i mainly used Thick Oil brushes (modified), Grainy chalk (modified to act as Impasto), various palette knives.. a modified Sargant brush that just applies Impasto and i constantly switch between paper variants (these affect the tooth of the paper)
i plan on creating more of these studies in the future.. i had a lot of fun and learned a ton about creating a digital impasto look!