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As you can probably see, I never paint digitally. I usually use watercolor, sometimes acrylic. I've used Photoshop to adjust or collage things before, and then painted with real paint on top of prints, but never something like this. I decided I'd experiment and try to get good at this as well.

I just painted over in photoshop a black and white piece I'd done in pen & ink previously. Is it awful? Pick it to pieces please. What should I do differently? Digital color seems to work a lot differently than it does with real paint. It also feels kind of mushy to me. And takes a lot longer...
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chotabear Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017
just liked the black and white one, and this colour version is awesome !!!
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AzraelsChild Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
This is an incredible piece of artwork.
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TearOfIsis Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great Work!I really like it, it represent every aspect of the Goddess, I have no other words to say how much it impressed me!

An embrace
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blackFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
Actually I think it looks great. But why go digital??? I see you as a watercolors genius...
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ArtemisiaSynchroma Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :) I'm not planning on replacing the watercolor. My fiance has a friend who works in the video game industry, who's been hinting at the fact that in a year or two he may be starting a company with some other people, and that I should put together a digital portfolio because they'll be needing concept artists. I'm not even sure it's the sort of thing I want to do, really, but I may as well be prepared for the opportunity even if I don't take it.
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blackFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
I see... :)
Actually I thought about it too, making a digital portfolio since the whole digital world provides a lot of making-money opportunities, but on the other hand, one of my biggest fears is to be stuck with a career where i'm sitting infront of a computer all day long :hmm:
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AdamDPalmer Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
pardon my "Engrish" in that last sentence.
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AdamDPalmer Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
Actually this came out really well...looks like more of a traditional painting than what I've seen you do in while, according to the Mark E. Karnes definition of a painting (solid color blocks only or you fail his class and are banned from the elite apple and strawberry painting society)

Digital painting in photoshop:

make sure your brush dynamics FLOW control is active...this will adjust the simulated flow of paint and will produce results somewhat like acrylic when used with a tablet. What brush "stamp" you use is not so relevant in comparison to what settings your brush dynamics are configured to. Kapish?

Also, be sure to use "shape dynamics" when you want to vary the size of your stroke according to presure.

Be sure to set your opacity lower than 100% if you are trying to create washes or glazes.

Finally, varying to brush "blending "mode is critical if you want to get the effect of ink wash or watercolor. The Multiply setting will cause paint to behave as if it is a transparent wash with a thin paint like watercolor or diluted ink. Values will accumulate as if there is no white pigment present or filler material.
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ArtemisiaSynchroma Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
This is useful information, sir. I didn't know there was a way to layer colors without like having white pigment-ish. Thanks
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DigiDrew Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad to see you are getting real critique. All I can say is I love the image!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Not bad at all for a first try! It does take a bit to get the hang of, but once you do you can create some beautiful stuff. *eimhin had some good advice on the brushes, so I won't repeat that.

Also, make use of the layers. Layers are exactly what they sound like: a layer to paint on. You can use multiple layers and then edit an individual one (like change the opacity) or move them around. This makes it easy to paint seperate regions and then manipulate them easily. I'd suggest searching for some tutorials on using/painting with Photoshop. Of course each tutorial has a different coloring style that may or may not suit you, but [link] does have some nice information to get you started.
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ArtemisiaSynchroma Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advice
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Hope it helps!
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brok3nwings Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
hey, it is a very nice picture...i think you should invest your time one in a while to do some digital work. Congrats :)
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Adjust your brushes to better mimic how YOU press and tweak the stylus over your tablet. Ie- if you press hard, adjust the opacity variation so that it doesn't leave something too hazy. Photoshop has the most amazing customizable settings for the brushes, but you have to tweak them properly for your style. Which, honestly takes practice to see what works. Playing around is good.

This isn't too bad, especially up by the top of their heads. It's when you try to do the thin, washy thing underneath that it falls flat. There's no real easy way to mimic watercolor with photoshop. Painter's better, but still nothing is true to form. You have to learn a style with this just as you did when you first picked up watercolors versus oils. You've not yet got enough control with the edge of the brush (also another adjustment setting- the hardness of the brush) and you end up with lots of overlaying strokes that make things look hazy and muddy. Keep determined with what marks you make... don't try to go over things over and over, but if you do, when you figure out where you want a line, go back and make it clean. Multiple layers help, too, so that you can erase things you no longer want.
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ArtemisiaSynchroma Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. At this point, I have NO idea what I'm doing really. I wasn't even thinking about the fact that I could adjust the hardness of the brushes.
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
*grins* Yeah, the technicalities of an entirely new medium are a pain in the arse. Glad I could help. ; )
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gensanity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
wow

this is very well done

cool mix of elements

nice colors and tones

lighting/shading is great

nice piece!
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