Sorry if this has been posted before, I'm not on the forums much.
I work in photoshop CS5.
One of the things I struggle with is painting cities, I'm comfortable with environments, especially more organic ones, because there is more room for insinuation and loose strokes. But from some reason I can figure out how to render a convincing city, and I love cities, and city scenes, so I feel this hinders my imagination.
I get matte painting or adding photo elements to concepts to build cities, but I see (or at least think I see) cities rendered by other artists with traditional hand painting. This I don't completely understand, especially since all I can imagine to make straight lines is the lasso tool, line tool, or holding shift. I do feel like this would be much easier to do by hand and scan in because I could just use a ruler. Is there something I'm missing? or some techniques or brushes or buttons or third party programs I don't know about?
Any help would be much appreciated