Ok I'll admit it straight off, I'm anything but a decent 2D artist. I work as a 3D artist but have decided to have a serious go at producing some good 2D work for my portfolio.
I'm working on a WoW style weapon, eager to get into the 3D side but on this occasion, I've sketched some ideas and now want to work on some color concepts in PS.
I'm pretty much a beginner with digital painting, but in keeping with the Blizzard style, I want to try to mimic the painterly look even at the concept stage. I've got the WotLK art book which has some fantastic examples of weapon concepts but I just have no idea where to start with what kind of brush to use. I've played around with various brushes already and attempted a custom brush, but my inadequacy prevailed and I couldn't even get close, everything looks too soft-edged or too cel-shady.
Here's a pic of the kind of look I want to achieve, I know theres a lot of blending involved but it'd just be a good start for me to know what the best type of brush would be. Either settings, or a brush library you may recommend.