My question is about illustrative technique. I look at so many artists around like (Bengal, Sparth Colab, Jean-Francois Bruckner, Yoji Shinkawa & Art of Homeworld 2) and they all share the same French-like illustrative style (well not Yoji Shinkawa) In my own opinune its the most inspirational form of art out there. When i try to come up with something like that it starts to look to soft and not near as crisp. You can plainly see on Bengals art that he always keeps the color sharp and he merges in to the next color smoothly. does he us low Opacity to merge colors or does he use a flat 100% opacity color and uses the smudge tool? And that raises another question how do they come up with the off the wall color palettes that start the whole style? I guess the fact of the matter is that It does'nt look as hard as it really is!!! So im looking to some edvice on proper technique in this style.
Here are some links to the artists