Brush skills in Pho­to­shop

Ge­of­frey Er­nault show­cases his method of gen­er­at­ing an im­age from ran­dom brush strokes in a short time

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Ge­of­frey Er­nault uses ran­dom brush strokes.

For me, the best part in do­ing con­cept art is find­ing new ideas and solv­ing de­sign prob­lems. I love paint­ing any­thing that deals with sci-fi and fan­tasy, and more gen­er­ally any­thing that gets my cre­ative juices go­ing. I use mostly Pho­to­shop, but also en­joy mix­ing other soft­ware into my work­flow, such as UDK, 3ds Max or ZBrush.

When I started dis­cov­er­ing Pho­to­shop, I of­ten ended up in front of a blank white can­vas and didn’t know what to paint. And when I did, I would have trou­ble find­ing an in­ter­est­ing idea, and this could be­come frus­trat­ing and in­tim­i­dat­ing. Five years later, I’m now us­ing a su­per­cool method that en­ables me to al­ways have some­thing I can work on and de­velop. This method is use­ful when you have time to paint, but ei­ther have noth­ing spe­cific to work on or just can’t come up with ideas. It also trains your brain to recog­nise shapes and cre­ate com­po­si­tions quickly, which is also use­ful.

Bear in mind that some of the meth­ods shown here don’t al­ways work on de­tailed im­ages. For in­stance, when I work on more fi­nal im­ages, my lay­ers are much more or­gan­ised, and I spend a lot more time on find­ing the right com­po­si­tion at the start of the process.

In ad­di­tion, even though it’s great to be able to do an im­age in un­der a cou­ple of hours, it doesn’t al­ways help you de­velop your core skills. To be able to do this well, you need first to know how to do things the slow way. This is why mas­ter­ing the fun­da­men­tals is es­sen­tial!

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