hi guys, i need some tips to how to achieve this painterly background effect that many ppl use... like the rugged brushstrokes.. i cant seem to get it. i dont have a problem rendering solid objects, a link to my 2 latest renders http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=84027
but i want the background to have a more painterly feel but not too crazy that it takes away from the main object.
Build up a BIG collection of brushes, mostly with hard edges. Switch frequently while you paint, layering the textures on top of each other in relatively low opacities. But focus more on the overall form and "read" than on the texture.