05-01-2005, 01:34 PM
I've been using photoshop since it came out, but only the past couple years have I had a wacom pad. As long as I've used PS, it's still a very powerful app, and there's always something to be learned and tweaked to your own style.
I'm a process type of guy, and I too like to know how alot of what I see is created, but I've found that customizing brushes in conjunction with the use of my wacom only gets me close. There's not an exact science to achieving some of the results you see. It's more a matter of 'seeing' the painting develop as you work and taking into account some of the known rules in nature. Correct perspective, lighting direction and diffusion. Not over stamping and creating repetitive elements that don't occur in nature.
My main problem is that I see the brush strokes in my work and It's hard for me to get beyond seeing everything as digital brush strokes. I started working more on adjusting my wacom sensitivity to a more correct brush stroke and laying down the color in a more painterly fashion.
ok, writing a book here...emulate what's real. I'm certainly not good yet, so I'm still working n my sketching skills.