(ok ok, I know, I'm a bit late, but still...)
New year, new questions... sorry to have to bother you again.
I've been having a difficult time lately regarding painting
and stuff like that. I've taken a look at many boards, trying
to find inspiration, trying to find...something, trying to lift
the "painting blockade".
I don't want to start rambling again about the gaping differences
that one sees between the professional people on the one side
and mere "scribblers" like me on the other side.
Blablabla - yaddayadda. On with the question...
I was impressed by the impasto-like or maybe sometimes
just gritty style some artists show in their works.
A few examples:
J.F. Brucker (http://www.jf-bruckner.com/pages/index/index-001-ada.htm)
-> Are all those "brush strokes" in the background for real?
Something such as Painter's "Artist's Oils" or only a lot of custom brushes and grime layers?
Nonetheless: stunningly brilliant works...
Sparth 1 (http://www.sparth.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=47&pos=12)
-> Did he glace over the whole image with some sort of brush on
some sort of lighten/screen/whatever layer? It's not typical photoshop
style - not as clean, smooth, perfect gradients.
Sparth 2 (http://www.sparth.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=47&pos=36)
-> Same goes for this painting. Seems so... non-digital.
Sparth 3 (http://www.sparth.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=47&pos=30)
->In some areas you really can see the individual strokes, fine lines
criss-crossing each other. Just another custom brush?
It's not that I want to completely adapt those styles, that I want
to copy the artist, but everyone knows that we are all influenced
by the things we like. The way some artists paint their pictures, it's
just mind-bogglingly beautiful and one wants to grab only a small portion
of it and maybe refine one's style.
Perhaps someone knows how it's done. Maybe someone's going to tell me
that, if they explain every step of how they paint, it would take away
the personal touch or magic or whatever.
It just that lately I look at my stuff, I practice as much as I can
find free time, but still I only see this relatively neat PS style.
Sooo... if anyone can give me some hints, tell me about some good tutorial
I've missed stumbling upon, I would really appreciate it.
And strangely, after all those years reading this board, I'm still
somehow reluctant about posting my questions out of fear of sounding
like a total newby - not that this is bad, but one has his pride ;)
So far: cheers.