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    Question Digital still life environment

    This is my first post in ages, maybe my first ever post. I'm eager to improve my skills rapidly and spent four hours this afternoon with stylus to tablet PC drawing the splendid jewelry gallery in the V&A Museum, London. It was very crowded but I wanted to focus on the environment. I find this picture eerily empty looking back at it!

    I believe I need to learn some basics about painting like this. I used Photoshop and rarely took the brush off 100% opacity, and I only changed layers occasionally. I also moved from one part of the painting to another, working-up the detail of areas in isolation. I don't know how to bring up a perspective guideline grid in Photoshop, but I did spend a bit of time at first trying to find out how to do so in the menus. I haven't calibrated my laptop screen's colour... So much to learn! I'm pleased with my focus and perseverance, tho', and want to do better next time!

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    Nice style here man, great lighting and details too, like the glints off the metal.

    Firstly, well done on painting on only a few layers, that's something many people I know struggle with, and I did for a bit too. Using less layers is always faster, and makes things feel more natural. Secondly, you should try out different brush settings; just with the default round brush, but playing with the opacity and flow. Helps your photoshop skills, and also makes it more fun. This video is a good one on brush settings:



    Other than that, my advice is good job, keep it up, and maybe make an online sketchbook in this forum.


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    Thanks for the reply! I didn't really understand Flow and there were plenty of keyboard shortcuts there that I don't use already. Useful basics thanks!

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