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You could view this blog entry on my site as well: thousandskies.com/blog/2012/11…

Once in a while people will ask me what kind of brush that I used in photoshop. I kept meaning to make this kind of post so I could explain it better. So if you guys have anymore question about photoshop I will be glad to answer it and make another Q&A post.

1. WHAT TYPE OF BRUSH DO YOU USE, IS IT BASIC BRUSH OR A CHALK TYPE BRUSH?
+ Ink Brush: static.squarespace.com/static/… The first brush I used is Hard Round brush and I started with 9 Pixels in size. Make sure under the Window> Brushes> Shape Dynamics> Size Jitter's Control is under Pen Pressure. This brush is useful for inking and blocking basic colors.

+ Sketching/Blending Brush: static.squarespace.com/static/…
The 2nd brush is the same with the 1st brush but I added more pressure under the "Other Dynamics." So make sure that the Opacity Jitter and the Flow Jitter are under Pen Pressure. I used this brush for sketching and occasional blending (ex: painting clouds)

+ Chalk Brush: static.squarespace.com/static/…
The 3rd brush is the Chalk brush. This is the main brush that I used for most of my paintings, Just make sure to have the Other Dynamics > Opacity Jitter and the Flow Jitter under Pen Pressure to get that smooth blending.

After creating each brush, I will save it by going to Window> Brush Presets> create new brush. I usually deleted all the default brushes that are on that brush preset and just kept all the ones I created.  This is my current brush presets that I used on photoshop: thousandskies.com/s/ethe_slate… , feel free to download and load them to your brush preset window, there's a small menu on that window that lets you "Load Brushes..."

2. NORMALLY FOR COLOURING, FOR EXAMPLE COLOURING THE FUR OF AN ANIMAL OR COLOURING LEAVES, WHAT IS THE NUMBER OF COLOUR DO YOU USE?
It's really depending on what kind of lighting that I want to achieve in the painting, but as the rule of thumbs I will always go for 3 shades of colors: light, mid tones, shadow. Below is the step by step basic painting that I always do. Not really a tutorial but you could see how I worked. static.squarespace.com/static/…

3. WHAT KIND OF GRAPHICS TABLET DID YOU USE?
I'm currently using Wacom Intuos 3. But when I first started digital painting, I used graphire tablet although I don't think wacom makes graphire anymore (?) bamboo tablet is replacing graphire. I think as a beginner graphire or bamboo tablet will be a good introduction to digital painting and they are more affordable too.


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:iconeliya194:
eliya194 Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
can you just make a brush set?
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kmizuno Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot :D It's very helpful.
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:iconeulani:
I can't think you enough for this helpful guide; brush settings continuously baffle me. ;A;
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KawaKeiko Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow thank you : D Very helpful! Will definitelly try the chalk brush settings, I like the way you texturize with it~
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llechemi Nov 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice Journal thank you for sharing :meow: :airborne:
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:iconah-bao:
I-I remember your tutorial from years ago on tablefy ( sp?? ) a-and to be honest, I've been using your brush settings (esp your blending brush) since I first started drawing digitally. Thank you so much for sharing ethe! ;D;
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ethe Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
waaaa @w@ I'm glad that helps <3 <3 that was from 2008 I think, but yeah I still stick with the same brushes too XD <3 <3
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r3nka Nov 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Oooh I love that chalk brush! I do have a question about your coloring process though -- did you just merge the layers and paint over it for the last part?
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ethe Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I usually duplicated the sketch layers as backups and merged the current lines and colors together and painted over :D and I usually turned sketch layer on and off on top of my painting to make sure I didn't stray away from my original sketch.
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r3nka Nov 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Oooooh I see I see! Oh yea there was always the option of duplicating the sketch layers.. ...why did I forget that OTL Thanks!
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