I've recently started to look at people like (sorry I only know their dA names...):
to name a FEW
and I've started to look at my stuff and really hate it! http://cuptow555.deviantart.com
My stuff looks so... digital? Flat? One Dimensional?? I don't know, I just love that painterly style and am at loss for how to achieve it. I have been driving myself INSANE trying to get out of my "scribbly" style. There have been a few times in a painting where I'm like, "Okay this is looking better..." but then the painting as a hole still ends up a failure IMO.
I know people use custom brushes and mess with layers, masks, filters, and god knows what... It just seems so overwhelming to me. I don't even know where to begin? I mean I understand Photoshop... but I don't understand how to use it to produce something like this for example:
(***NOT CLAIMING AS MINE! PAINTED BY http://crahzz.deviantart.com/ ***)
The brush strokes and splatter effects and just how it looks so... painterly! I LOVE IT!
I know a lot of people use Painter AND Photoshop... but I only have Photoshop and cannot afford Painter right now (I want Painter desperately though... maybe when i have money) but is it possible to produce something like that using only Photoshop?
I will give you an example of a painting I'm working on right now:
I used a stock photo as reference for her torso, a picture of Meghan Fox for her face, and I used my little plastic model irl for reference on her legs. I did the background completely from imagination. I'm pretty satisfied with the woman and the way I painted her. Here is a close up of her torso:
***EDIT*** Photobucket SUCKS... removed because of "nudity". I attached image at bottom ***
It DEFINITELY needs work, but it's the best I've been able to come up with when it comes to that painterly style I'm after. I'm just using basic ps brushes and smudge tool.
But the background has ABSOLUTELY driven me insane! I pretty much am about to trash this painting and start a different one. I know it's because I'm doing it from imagination that the colors look so flat in the background. But I don't know what else to do. I even made myself a little "set up" using fabric to try and replicate the webbing type stuff. But it didn't help.
I've tried using different brushes but it just looks so... random? Here's a close up of that digital horrible random brushy mess that I'm talking about:
And behind her face:
I HATE IT! I think I've painted over the background 20 million times now? And it still ends up looking like shit.
And btw this is all on one layer *facepalm* should I just cut the girl out and start a new background? or...
Anyone have any suggestions at how to get a more painterly style? I really want to buy that "Crypt Crawler - A Hostile Takeover" Tutorial... but I am COMPLETELY broke. I just wish I could watch one of these artists paint using photoshop. Because I KNOW my method is absolutely wrong... I just don't know how to fix it!
PS: I have spent literally an hour writing this thread... I don't even know what I'm asking at this point I'm going to just post this in hopes that someone can point me in the right direction.
Sorry for writing such a long thread... lawl. I thinking my major problem is that I'm just too much of a perfectionist/ over-thinker/ INSANE.