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    Digital Painting of Rocks? help

    Hi, i need help painting these types of rocks, i have tried various photoshop rock brushes but with no luck, every time i try and draw them they dont look even close, they end up looking way too smooth and not enough value to make it appear good enough.

    i could paint every rock one by one, but i really dont have that kind of time. So what would you do to get that the impression of the rocks without spending too much time?

    how would you approach a task like this?

    thanks

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    I would break the form down into big blocks of light and shadow, and work out the most general composition of the piece.

    Then I would add some detail and suggest enough texture for the rocks to read as rocks. But not too much detail, so it does not look too "worked".

    However, what tools you use is completely irrelevant to the method. You can use Photoshop and "rock" brushes, you can use pencil and paper, you can use ketchup and tortilla, it changes nothing at all. What matters is that you understand what you are doing, and are not expecting a dumb tool to do work instead of your brain.

    TL;DR: don't expect magic from Photoshop brushes; they are not a replacement for real painting skill.
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    Get the basic planes down at first, details are the last step and they are easy once you have the planes down.

    Here's a picture from James Gurney's book - "Color and Light".
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    1. Top planes
    2. Side Planes
    3. Front planes in darker halftones
    4. Side planes in shadow


    There are tons of other informations in this book as well, so you may consider buying it. It's worth every dollar.
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    here is an old rock demo I did in PS for someone else on here
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    did the same steps with your image starting with the big dark shapes and local color
    and added smaller shapes on top
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    thanks guy this has helped a lot
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