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I've got some serious issues with painting good looking undergrowth, general foliage and trees in Photoshop. I tried dozens of "foliage" brushes, played around with brush settings, color dynamics etc. but I can't seem to get this easy randomness that comes with using wide brushes in traditional media.
What I'm looking for is basically this (link do a video). What I'm missing is first of all proper brushes. Any advice?
unfortunately, you can't really emulate the mess that's inherent in traditional painting..that's part of the reason why a lot of concept artists rely on phototextures. I'm not an expert on foliage drawing, but after looking at your sketchbook, I think you should try a simpler brush. just focus on blocking out the major forms and then work on refining the edges...although the way you're painting now is perfectly valid, it just depends on the look you're going for.
I did a few sketches after reading this post, but I don't really think it's what you're looking for-
personally, I like when digital painting LOOKS like digital painting
Ooh cool. I like what you're doing with the brushes.
personally i hate seeing digital paintings that look like they're trying to mimic real life brushes...
i'm just like.. wtf.. just use brushes in real life!!
BUT it's super cool to see custom interesting texured brushes like this, that are still well within the digital realm.