I've just started working in photoshop and then BAM! suddenly i've got this whole new world in front of me, ready to be guzzled by my hungry mind, color theory, lighting, brushes, filters and all that jazz.
now, i'm confused because i've used several brushes to create an image (see attached) for the sake of this thread, although the shapes and colors look cool, they were a simple click away, and anyone can do this, but i'm talking about using it in bigger pictures, and real work, because it seems like cheating to me, like using the hair brush to draw hair, because with the ones i've got it is just simply one click for real looking hair.
my question to this very badly explained problem of mine is:
What is ok to use to create art without being a filter jockey or the like? for example, androids shape sifting, brilliant and he makes it all himself, therefore, its completely he's. please tell me someone gets what i'm on about cause this is really bugging me.
And how would one go about making the tech like shapes seen in the image without the brushes? just because i want the knowledge.