I spent alot of 2011 just experimenting with my digital painting and going to every brush and tweaking them to my liking. I began to make a switch from Photoshop to Painter because I believed, somewhere, there was a better engine that could create the look I wanted.
I wanted some 'guts' in my painting, some randomness. There are ofcourse brush settings in Photoshop that emulate this but nothing that makes the canvas feel as if the paint is still active.
Which brings me to brush attributes in Painter like 'resaturation' and 'feature'. You can control these to bring out surprises that actually make you feel excited about your work as you do it.
Coupled with the 'arists' variant brushes that create interesting shapes and mix paint accurately to what's already on canvas - every time you open the work you see something different that you've gotten for free.
Another piece of greatness about Painter is that it recognizes the pen you have in your hand. I've built up a collection of various Wacom Pens over time and I physically switch pens based on the tool I want. Yes you can set up a palette for your brushes, but some reason I found this method more intuitive and speedy.
This piece was of a Dr Sketchy's Session late last year of Lux St Sin - who was wearing a striking Asian outfit with strong makeup. Great model. I tried to stick to only a few brushes
- Sargent Brush (edited with less spacing)
- Loaded Palette knife (reduced 'feature' setting)
- Grainy Water (Blender that reacts to Canvas)
- Soft Flat Oils (with a pen that detects rotation, this brush is excellent)