Use stan­dard brushes

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - In Depth | Inspired By A Classic -

Con­tra­dict­ing my ear­lier Pro Se­cret, I feel that there’s too much em­pha­sis on brushes. I used the stock Pho­to­shop brushes for the first 10 years of my ca­reer, mostly be­cause Pho­to­shop didn’t have cus­tom brushes. A lot of peo­ple have even said to me they liked my work bet­ter when I just used the Round brushes. I use the stock brushes all the time, and when I’m hav­ing trou­ble or try­ing to learn, I use the sim­plest brushes I can.

There are so many vari­ables in paint­ing, so do ev­ery­thing you can to sim­plify what could be caus­ing you trou­ble. Cus­tom brushes poorly used can make your work much more dif­fi­cult. Fancy edges and tex­tures won’t hide a lack of un­der­stand­ing in the art ba­sics.

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