I'm trying to do some concept art that combines a photo with some painted modifications. It's for a job, or I'd post it. I normally do straight 3D, so the painting is new for me.
The problem I'm having is in the marriage of styles - painted and photographic - they don't look good together.
1) overpaint the photo so that it looks at home next to the painted additions?
2) work harder at making the painted stuff look photographic? (it's the wiggly, hand drawn edges that I dislike the most - not the colors or values. Should I use the pen tool as a frisket to sharpen up edges? What about matching grain and subtle high frequency textures?)
3) Don't sweat it - it's just concept art - the client will understand?