I've always used photoshop but every now & then I would go back to painter & just mess around, try to get use to it. With the kind of works I do I only require a few things. blotch colours all over the place, then use the smudge tool to blend one colour to the next whilst making use of layers etc. However in Painter XI... I can't figure out how to get the blending anywhere near what i'm aiming for.
The first 2 images are the same piece by Kim Hyung Tae, i've circled the parts which i'm talking about. Sure i can get roughly the same effect on photoshop with just the paintbrush and smudge tool, but I would like to be able to do the same thing in painter and from there using and training with painter.
I don't Recall the artist of this image but it consist almost entirely of the simple blending/smudged look i'm after.
i've searched for hours, youtube, 3dm3, cgsociety etc and where as I see it in many pieces which states it's done in painter, I assumed finding a tutorial for something so common would be easy... I'm hoping someone could help me or point me to somewhere that I can find the answers.
Current brush setup consists of a custom tinting brush for laying down colours & a custom smear brush trying to replicate PS's smudge tool but at the same time try to get those sharp and almost natural watercolour blending...bah dunno how to explain.
I did go through the blending basics thread which helped explain alot, & while i don't have access to painter at the moment, there's a few brushes etc i need to test. i'm guessing i should use a hard edge brush instead of the soft one, need to test that but any help and suggestions to help me get clsoe to those styles of blending would help a great deal.