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Can I make my art look more or­ganic? Kyle Hobbs, Eng­land

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An­swer Belinda replies

Dig­i­tal paint­ing has his­tor­i­cally suf­fered from look­ing too ar­ti­fi­cial, but with the vast range of soft­ware avail­able to­day, it’s much eas­ier to repli­cate the look of nat­u­ral me­dia. Here I’ve done a quick sketch us­ing Pho­to­shop, demon­strat­ing a few ways to cre­ate an or­ganic, painterly feel, us­ing a process that also re­flects the way I paint in oils.

I start off with ton­ing my can­vas us­ing a heav­ily tex­tured can­vas brush to give the sub­se­quent paint some­thing to “grip” onto. I also have Color Dy­nam­ics turned on to give sub­tle changes to the hue.

I then block out a sketch and, just like I would when oil paint­ing, start by block­ing out the darker shadow shapes be­fore grad­u­ally lay­ing in lighter colours. The ori­en­ta­tion and di­rec­tion of brush strokes play a huge part in repli­cat­ing the look of nat­u­ral me­dia so at times I have the An­gle Jit­ter set to Di­rec­tion.

When I want an even more con­trolled brush an­gle, I switch the An­gle Jit­ter off and use the brush ori­en­ta­tion com­pass to turn the bris­tles to the an­gle that I want.

In this sketch I use vis­i­ble brush strokes and heavy can­vas tex­tures in the back­ground layer to cre­ate an or­ganic feel that’s rem­i­nis­cent of nat­u­ral me­dia.

In this sketch I’ve used vis­i­ble brush strokes and heavy can­vas tex­tures in the back­ground layer to cre­ate an or­ganic feel, rem­i­nis­cent of nat­u­ral me­dia.

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