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Questions:


(1) Terms Of Usage properly explained
(2) Where do you get your material from?
(3) What camera/lens/editing software do you use?
(4) How do you make textures?
(5) What inspires you and who influences your work?
(6) I'm new to texture making. Any tips on how to get started?



Answers:


(1) Terms Of Usage properly explained

I made a seperate journal entry where my rules of usage are explained in detail:


(2) Where do you get your material from?

I almost exclusively use material that I've gathered myself. A rare exception is when my artist collegue and partner in crime Sirius-sdz is dealing me his latest bokeh photo batch :heart: To collect material, I go out on texture hunts with my camera, scan interesting papers or even draw shapes.

(3) What camera/lens/editing software do you use?

I use a Canon EOS T5i (700D) with its standard kit lense. Editing software of choice is Photoshop CS5 with the Nic Color Efex Pro 4 plugin. That's it.

(4) How do you make textures?

I merge different images of my material collection in Photoshop, following no particular method. It's trial and error every time. See also:


(5) What inspires you and who influences your work?

Everything and anything that interests my eye; a big ongoing influence is Sirius-sdz, who's also a texture maker but very different in style.


(6) I'm new to texture making. Any tips on how to get started?

Things that have proven useful to me:
  • Taking photos: Go on a bright day, stay out of direct sunlight 'cause it casts shadows, find flat surfaces for a sharp photo and stay away from coarse surfaces (unpleasant to use).
  • Clear your mind and just fool around in your editing software; don't be afraid to try new things; there are no mistakes, just happy accidents  
  • You don't need expensive gear or fancy software. My man Sirius-sdz started with non-smartphone-camera-pictures back then!
  • Always work in the biggest resolution available
  • Remember: People can always add to contrast, but can't remove it from a picture.

Texture & stock artists:

:iconsirius-sdz:  :iconinfrablack-stock:  :iconcloaks:   :iconcd-stock:  

Texture finds & features:

The Textures Feature Vol. 1
The Textures Feature Vol. 2
The Textures Feature Vol. 3
The Textures Feature Vol. 4
The Textures Feature Vol. 5
The Textures Feature Vol. 6
The Textures Feature Vol. 7
The Textures Feature Vol. 8
The Textures Feature Vol. 9
The Textures Feature Vol. 10
The Textures Feature Vol. 11

Any unanswered questions? Ask right here in the comments Meow :3 

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How do you use the textures in your drawings?