I'm trying to learn digital painting in Photoshop and I've gotten this far. I don't really know where to go and the highlight on the top is killing me. Suggestions?
You must grasp where form turns "corners". If you think of everything as planes that corner into other planes, this will help you determine hi-lights. Hi-lights either appear at the corner of a plane (sometimes several corners of a plane) or sometimes the highlight simply fills the whole plane.
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A huge part of Photoshop is use of opacity. Your brush is very hard and reducing the opacity will give you more control, so it doesn't look like a Monet painting. I would check out tutorials on digital painting offered both here and at Deviantart.com.
post your reference when u get a chance.
could you paint it well with real paints?
I find that it is so much easier to use computers to paint and colour things if you know how to do it well with actual paints (which lets face it are a LOT nicer)