I've admired this piece for the longest of times. (:
Do you mind if I ask a few questions?
When you are just beginning, do you draw a sketch or do you do that amazing no-line painting like technique? What do you use to blend colors? I have PSE atm but I got PSCS5 extended for Christmas and I need the 'proof of student' thing to make it work. But, what kind of brushes do you use and how can I give it a soft look? How do you do BG's?! Dx Why am I so noobish? (lolplzdontanswerthat) Did you take art lessons? If not, you are so amazing that I'll be disgusted by your work Dx :'D kiddingggg Am I annoying you with my redundant questions?
I love how you did the shafts of sunlight and the dappling it makes on her coat, very nice, you managed to make the forest seem all mysterious. I also love the bottom panel because you chose to do a close up on her legs instead of a whole picture of her running
I've just been through your entire gallery but this has to be my favourite piece within it. I'm not sure why I'm attracted to it, but I can't really express how beautiful this is either. There are no words that fit it c;
When I colour I usually use a kinda of large hard-edged round brush, kind of transparent. As I work on more details I use a smaller size brush. For lighting and stuff, you might want to look off photos or things in real life. It's hard to figure out that kind of stuff without looking off something at first. But when you're confident in that you'll find it a lot easier to do things from your imagination.
It's version 11. I don't know if I've used Essentials but I used to use some really old version- I don't remember any difficulty with the brushes, it was mostly the interface that threw me off, didn't know how to do anything in that program.
My "medium" is photoshop. Some of the trees in the back are from a foliage brush set I downloaded, but when I paint it's usually with the hard-edged round brush at opacity between 20-60. Sometimes I use the blur tool to make things transparent (like the lights and motes) but I think it's better to just use a hard edged low opacity eraser, gives it kind of painterly strokes instead of airbrush smoothness. Hmm, I don't know what else to say