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PLEASE NOTE: This tutorial assumes you already know how to draw well, that you have a Wacom drawing tablet with pressure sensitivity and a stylus, and that you have a recent edition of Photoshop and know how to use it.
You'll need Nathie's brushes which can be found here- [link]
If you are interested in DAZ studio you can download it here- [link]
If you want the model I used you can buy it here- [link]
For an in-depth tutorial of how to light a scene in DAZ please see this- [link]
i don't know if you're still lurking or whatnot, but one major thing i have a problem with... after i block out the main hightlight and shadow areas, i get stuck. i don't know what, exactly, i'm supposed to be doing to get the colour blocks to blend smoothly and to work out the details. i mean, my instinct is to just grab the smudge tool and go nuts, but i know that's not the proper way to do it.
is there any tutorial you've seen (or made, of course), that covers just that part? (or anybody who wanders by the comments...!)
yes, i have set up a brush as in your tutorials. i never thought of using the pressure to affect the opacity/flow. and i always used the standard 'shop soft brushes, so i never realized how useful a harder-edged one can be.
i have found more tutorials, with one that defines the blending process part. which goes something like this:
paint the one colour.
paint the second colour.
overlap them a bit.
sample the in-between colour that results from the overlap.
paint that over the first colour and the middle colour. paint it over the second colour and the middle colour.
keep sampling the in-between colours and doing them by halves...
and i have discovered that if i tried to do THAT, i would go nuts. i do not have the patience.
i have found a different method tutorial, that has a very nice blending brush using the smudge tool -- that doesn't look like the ugly smeary smudge tool. i've been working with that.
i do want to thank you for taking the time to get back to me. the transitionary phase has always been a blocking point for me, even in traditional media. (i think i actually really hate painting, and only enjoy drawing : X )
oh, are there special settings for the pore brushes? i mean, to use with the brush shapes?
thanks so much for all your help!
i still get a little frustrated with it... i tend to have a light touch on my tablet, and i never seem to grind the nib hard enough to get the 100% effect. that, and i prefer drawing to painting. all that switching colours gets to me, too. ; )
i'll give it another shot and see if it works with the conglomerate technique i'm building up. thanks!
It helps so much!
As for adding pores to the painting, do you brush over the same colour with the same colour or do you put a lighter colour over a darker one? I've tried adding pores before and it ends up looking rather spotty and odd.
I try to keep the value the same when done so it's a delicate back and forth process until it looks right. It does take time and finessing.
I'll have to check out those models and thank you for the tips.
Or maybe I should try soft round brushes as well.. I'll let you know how it goes the next time I try!