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