You were one of my favorite artists years ago when I read your fantasy artists' bible as a kid, and you still are all these years later after going through school and building a freelance career. Your pieces are just so nicely balanced, they're technically well-executed, they look cool, but at the same time don't take themselves too seriously. Everything just gets to the point in a charming and fun way without being overburdened with unnecessary detail. I really love the way you did the layered orange and black dress, and the pumpkin design is great. Happy almost halloween!
Cool stuff, loving your use of color here. Great style as always. Can i ask what brush do you favour while painting this and do you always work full opacity , it seems you pain straight on and pure without use of filters layers and special brushes - am i right?
I use my own brushes, scanned from real brush marks. I swap between different brushes while I work but most of the painting happens with an irregular round shape very similar to the 'dense stipple' tips in Photoshop's Natural Brushes set. I have pressure set to control opacity, but I make fairly heavy marks so much of the painting is done with opaque ( or almost opaque ) strokes, and you're right that I don't really use layers, blend effects, filters etc. 99% of the work is done with the brush tool and a single layer. I think that helps to give a painterly finish. ( And it means all my limited grey matter is focused on the painting, not if I'm working on the right layer or what blend mode I'm using! ) Thanks!
Thank you for such a full and beautiful reply Matt.
Wow ive never heard of using PS brushes scanned from real brushes thats so clever and it certainly working well in your pictures. Layers and filters are a interuption to full flowing picture making , i fully agree with you there.
Thanks also for letting me know the opacity setting, i think im gonna try your methods out on a picture or two.
Oh and please feel free to pop over and veiw my gallery i would certaily appreciate it