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I apologise firstly, there are so many forum categories here i am not sure which one is the best to post in - i guess my first simple query is whether Painter (i have painter 12) or photoshop are better for approaching creating something with more of the painterly style of Meissonier, Kossak or Edouard Detaille
so i would love some ideas on how this work could be set on the right path as i seem stuck with how to get an academic painterly look - is it just a matter of taking the time to go over every square centimeter in detail?
Not every square centimeter, but the parts that matter. You don't want to work on the shadows too much, just clear up the main lines and silhouettes a bit. You want to add details to the cuirassier (though the legs aren't as important), as well as the more interesting parts of the horse.
thanks for that - shadows are actually something i would really like to nut out in terms of the subtle colour that determines shadow - hmm that brings up a general shadows question perhaps i will raise that in a different sub forum - cheers
Shadows will have the colour of the diffuse light mixed in with the fabric of the object itself.
It's a simple problem but it gets complicated when you have to figure out how much of every diffuse light you get, as well as how they mix together.