I am really used to real media. I like having something I can hold in my hand. I started doing an environment of ruins and vines..with colored pens and water color pencil. I got perspective help on it and a criticique and I scanned it in to work on it digitally...I figured it would be good to use layers to clean it up...but jeez photoshop can be so annoying for painting.
Yes I use photoshop to paint characters and people sometimes.. but i always stay away from it when im doing environments because I really hate building up rendering in photoshop. My environments are really detailed.. I have always kind of lowered my opacity and painted gradually because i had a teacher suggest this a while back.. But im not getting used to it. the rendering is wierd and splotchy and your really CANT control it with pen pressure unless you are constantly hitting numbers on the keyboard to change opacity.... Yes, I lower the hardness of my brush btw.
i have gotten used to keyboard shortcuts, but I am freaking frustrated by how tedious it is to change the brush specs. Even with keyboard shortcuts.-- Its like every time you change colors or values you have to painstakingly find a new color .. or swatch and decide the opacity it should be. if its too high it looks ugly. if the brush is too big it looks ugly... it makes rendering a bitch.
I have to get this done by next tuesday for a class.
Yes I start with the darks and gradually ad lights. to my forms.
Advice? (Especially if you have used real media and then gone to photoshop)