Light and realism
Now I slowly start to work my light sources: back and bouncing lights, diffusing lights and so on. A lot comes into play when you try to make things look realistic. I rarely use photos for creating characters (though I do for chainmail – I hate chainmail!). In the end I think that achieving a realistic look depends on how much you observe real life from around you – I do this all the time. It’s slower for learning but faster once it’s inside your head. Again, I don’t use layers here and if something goes wrong I paint back over it again. I find that doing it this way will give you realisticlooking surfaces and a painterly feel, especially if you use Pen Pressure or if you keep your Flow and/or Opacity low.