I've searched forums and websites all over the place for this and can't seem to find a solution. Maybe I'm just slow in the head, it's definitely possible.
I'm a "traditional" oil painter and have really just messed around in digital mainly because of the frustration curve. I've seen the most amazing artwork made digitally so I know it's possible. And I know, practice, practice. But my problem seems to be with a fundamental technique:
My brush. With oil on canvas I use flat brushes almost exclusively. And I usually use as large of a brush as possible, manipulating the brush to make smaller marks. If i want to make a small triangle shape, I do it in one stroke. I can make so many different shapes with a single stroke of an oil brush. I can't seem to replicate this in Painter to save my life! I'm going mad. Yes, the brushes follow the direction of the stroke, but if I'm not moving the pen in a specific enough direction it seems to place the first mark in an almost arbitrary direction. How do you all handle this?
The examples I'm talking about were done really quickly but I'm just trying to illustrate a point (no pun intended). When oil painting I place the paint EXACTLY where I want the mark to be. It seems that the only way I've been able to achieve the same end visual result is by painting a larger shape than necessary, then going back and carving out the shape with an eraser or another color. Alternately I could use a super small brush and essentially outline the shape, then fill it in... Or I could make a selection of the exact shape I want and then paint that in... but those both seems ridiculous no? Or is this how it's done digitally?
So please, how do you all do this?? What's your technique?