Ap­ply the Hexagone brush

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I use my sim­ple cus­tom Hexagone brush in three dis­tinct ar­eas for three dif­fer­ent ef­fects. First to cre­ate a chest plate, then to make some fa­cial chains and fi­nally to in­tro­duce some fu­tur­is­tic-look­ing tex­ture on her chest and shoul­der ar­mour. Us­ing it on dif­fer­ent lay­ers en­ables me to cre­ate a mask of my pat­terns, so I can paint inside them to de­pict dirt or worn edges.

I use sev­eral pat­tern brushes to cre­ate the il­lu­sion that my character is wear­ing a lot of col­lars around her neck. Th­ese brushes are so easy to cre­ate and will save you a lot of time. I used them when work­ing on As­sas­sin’s Creed 3 and Unity to make most of the pat­terns on the many cos­tumes, like the yel­low em­broi­dery on Louis XVI’s or­nate out­fit.

March 2015

Us­ing what’s al­ready been done

Reusing el­e­ments that you’ve al­ready painted will save you time. Here I take the stone from her fore­head to cre­ate a fly­ing spy-bot col­lar (of course!). I se­lect the stone us­ing the Lasso tool and then copy-paste it on to its own layer us­ing Shift+ Ctrl+ C and Shift+ Ctrl+V. I re­paint the high­lights and shad­ows by hand to avoid the copy-pasted feel.

My happy ac­ci­dent Rorschach brushes can be tricky to cre­ate and cal­i­brate, but they’re just amaz­ingly fun! Cre­ate a tech­ni­cal-look­ing shape and trans­form it into a brush. Then in the Nat­u­ral Me­dia brush win­dow put it on Dual Brush with another graphic-shaped brush and play around with the dif­fer­ent slid­ers to get ran­dom shapes pop­ping out of your brush.

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