But you block in the grey/shadows before detailing right ?
Started Witcher 2 this morning after finishing Witcher last night. KInda disappointed so far. The first one was a lot more diverse and felt more like an RPG than a hack n slash. Still, I wanna make a painting of him and wanna start doing realistic paintings, that's why I'm asking you this. I'm sick of cheating with hair brushes.
First I paint a base, using only basic colours, the main colour of hair, shadow and highlight. Rarely more than three colours. Then I start working on the detail Hair brushes are all nice and dandy, but I found the effect looking a bit too artificial for my tastes. Painting hair by hand is not very hard, but it takes a while, and requires patience
Haven't played Witcher 2 yet. Despite the fact I never really liked this character (I was growing up in the 90s, when the Witcher Saga books were all the rage in Poland, where I come from, and every local young fantasy fan was excited about them - except me ) I loved the first game. A good piece of RPG, really.
Thanks for the help ! One last thing, do you paint the base colours with a soft brush or a hard one ? And do you use opacity control for it ?
I have to admit Witcher 2 has grown on me, took about 30 hours to finish chapter 1 and it becomes very entertaining and just as addictive as the first. If you have a modest machine I suggest you stuy NVidia's gra[hics Tweak Guide for Witcher 2, which will help you with the graphics and options for it, in order to have great graphics and also NOT have any issues with performance. I'm running it at about 34 FPS with a GeForce 9600 GT. Hope we're even now on advices )
I always use a hard brush for the base. Hell, I almost always use a hard brush (except for the fine highlights and halos). If I paint with Photoshop, I use very high opacity, sometimes the highest - I control opacity mostly with the pen of my graphic tablet, and since I'm very light-handed, I need all the opacity I can get in case I wanted to paint something completely opaque without having to press the pen very hard.
I won't be able to play Witcher 2 for some time. No money no fun -_-' But I guess when I finally have it, my machine is quite decent, and I should be fine with my GeForce GTX 460.
30 hours just for chapter 1? That sounds rather massive
Yup, it sure is massive, and I still left a few missions unfiniiished. Opposed to the previous game, here you can't come back to finish missions from another chapter, since the chapters take place in various kingdoms, not just on. Still, it's a fun game once you get the hang of it. Thanks for the help ! I'll be sure to mention you when I use what you told me in my art