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I did a study of a coffee mug. Had a lot of trouble rendering it smoothly. I tried using a soft brush, but all it did was made it blurry and when I go back to the hard brush, it looks like what it is now. critique/help?
After you used the soft brush you didn't clean up the edges, its not going to look sharp until you define what edges are suppose to be soft and which are suppose to be hard.
The lasso tool works well for this.
Check this thread for help with edges:
"The whole point of practice is to do it until you can do it right." - dpaint
I tried to fix it.
And no, I don't have the pen pressure feature working on my wacom.
i don't think that having no penpressure is the problem here. yes it is (as tinybird wrote) very hindering and should be fixed immediatly, but you could do the cup completely without it.
infact reducing the variables (like opacity, size-jitter etc.) from the study can be beneficial because the less the computer does the thinking for you, the more you have to do it yourself, hence working you brain-muscle in order to get a good painting.
to me it looks like you worked with opacity low (that's why the shadows are so muddy) and you didn't take enough time to finish the study (that doesn't mean it didn't take a lot of time, but maybe you worked inefficiently).
try this maybe, it worked for me: leave opacity on 100, take only a soft round brush (maybe tilt it and squish it in the brush setting so it looks like a leaning oval) and work from big shape to small shape.
to me it is not so stressful for the brain when the brushestrokes don't have clear edges, because the eye tends to follow edges. by reducing the amount of criss-crossing edges in a piece your eye (and brain) won't have to do much travelling.
if you are happy with the big shape, you can add smaller shapes by reducing the brush-size. put the brush-size-changing buttons on hot-keys (i have them on Q and W and just paint.
in the end you can add some crisper edges here and there following the guideline element1988 posted.
try it like that, and see if it works for you, to me, that was a good way of doing some studies.
hope i could help, happy painting
anyway, thanks for telling me, but i got the pen pressure fixed and decided to begin a new piece following what u said
maybe u can critique the way i set things up would also help
Way too scribbly and messy. Are you actually looking at a cup in real life, or are you drawing from your imagination? Start with big brushes and block everything in, and then work with smaller and smaller brushes.
Where did it ever say that Humpty Dumpty was an egg?
it is from life, i have a lot of trouble controlling my pen on my wacom tablet.
Edit: i just discover the pen precision option, silly me.
Last edited by PeteJ; August 23rd, 2012 at 11:52 PM.
here's a new one. im going to leave the design out until i get it right.
You seemed to be doing better before.
I don't know much about digital, if anything really. I just try to paint like I would traditionally and hope it turns out. I don't know if you've worked traditionally or not but maybe try to do that but digitally, and work on the light and how it defines the form of the cup and the surface and surroundings. Your thumbnail looked good in that regard so you've got a good start there.
Anyway, just some thoughts. No idea if they're useful to you. Just, keep practising and you'll get there.