I'm having trouble with digital painting, particularily with environments and the source of my problem comes from the brush strokes. I'm not sure if my process is wrong, but I watched a few video tutorials and I'm doing it the same as they are, yet their paintings look way more finished than mine do.
I think I'm doing good at blocking in the colors with large brush strokes, but it's the finer details that are confusing me. Basically what I do is block in the color with opacity at 100%, then I set opacity to pen pressure and put in the highlights/shadows. From there I paint over stuff until I can't think of anything else to do. It gets to the point where the more I paint over, the more the painting loses it's contrast and form. Maybe you can tell in the example...
It's confusing because a lot of people say to use the default brush with opacity set to pen pressure, but when I use the brush with opacity on there are all sorts of problems with the edges and blending. It's hard to explain with words, so I have included a photo study I did today as well as the process I used and some images to highlight the problems I have with brush strokes.
It would help a lot if someone could tell me what I'm doing wrong and if you have a solution for the opacity problem, or advice, please tell me! Thanks!
Here is the example:
This is the process I used:
An example of the problem with edges and blending is circled:
The last Image is important because it highlights the opacity problem with the Photoshop brush: