Decided to do a more explained journal than past one, a lot of people took it personally when i use the word realism, but im not attacking that genre, in fact ive devwatch some realism traditional painters.
Usually those talented Artists that are on the top at art skills, they took their ownpictures, they use models, they move light, they use special clothing. They shift gesture, they change a bit the color palette, those creates. That is a complete art. That is not a shortcut in fact, they take a ot of extra hours, than average artists-
The donts i dont like in new people in digital theses days.
Google, "the worst enemy in style"
People this days they tend to copy the first image they get on a search, they literally copy it, they even put a layer on top and trace over it. the style its completely death there. Sometimes they copy the composition error too. They use a reference, and they dont realize there is a composition error, but the girl its pretty so they copy it. Big mistake.
The correct way to use it for me, is for example a bunny, use google to search it, then you memorize how 3d looks like,a nd draw your own pose basing on the images. You are not copying, thats the difference of referecnce and 3d copying.
They want a fake realism just to get lots and lots of clicks and likes. This will make more harm than good, is easy to stop these people because one image on their gallery compared to another one just dont make any sense.
Google is a tool, use it properly.
Brushes "The fake Prophets"
Can you give me your brushes?, Deadliest mistake from all. If you cant do something as simple to create your own brush, how can you even create a picture? The most beautiful pictures sometimes are created by a simple round brush.
People gives too much power to brushes, like he is good because he has good brushes. They dont use common sense that we all started from zero in a software, gathering up information from years, and after testing brushes, you customize them, basing on the straightness and weaknesses of the brushes.
Some brushes are good for soft edges, some for hard edges, worry more about edges than the brush it self.
A person called Artgerm a "selfish F****k", because he didnt gave up his brushes, to be honest thats the person that is less selfish at all, He live stream his processs, he gives you advices, you can even see his settings of his brushes a round brush.
But people literally wants to know the numbers of the brush, really? Are they that dumb?
Because i used to be that dumb, the first time ive started using digital, used brushes other artist used, doin crap stuff, for a week, then decided to delete brushes and start making my own, thats the moment when my skills started to raise up. New brushes from an artist is just a placebo, the first day you say woowwww theya re awesome, but then the effect goes down and you realize you are doing worse than before.
Quick exercise, as a friend to give you his mechanical pencil so you can sketch. Soon you will realize that feels strange in your hand. Maybe the leads are too hard or too soft, maybe its a 0.9 pencil, or its a 0.3 or 0.5. Then you will realize you cant draw like him by changing his pencil, you are drawing like 50% of your potential. Because the tool feels alien in your hand.
Same happens with brushes, they are customized for their hands, its like changing shoes for a marathon, in less than a mile your feet will kill you. Open your eyes, see how he works the edges, what are the colors he use, how he solves an edge problem to create deep.
Asking for an artists settings just show how low you are about yourself, they just want to skip steps, learn to understand brushes, study the software, like any new tool, you have to start from zero, takes years to master. Get books like james gurney books.
People are just that lazy these days, that wants direct links from the artists. They ask a link for the artist and if he doesnt give it to you, he is a selfish fuck?
Back in my days ive spend days using google, to find stuff other artists mentioned. Now people are lazy enough that wont use google properly.
ART CANT BE LEARN BY DOING A CLICK, it takes hard work and repetition.
Have faith in you, trust yourself, look at your hand, pay attention to edges, trust your mind when posing a 3d figure, try to copy less, avoid the copy and paste sickness.