In all honesty this is how I get brushes:
Go to Google and type "photoshop brushes" (replace w/ gimp or some other program if needed)
Click on a random link
Download the coolest looking thing on that page
See a cool looking thing in the "related" box
See a cool looking thing in the "related" box
Just...repeat. A lot.
Although now I rarely if ever use brushes (only for my special watermark thingamajig), and even so they are custom (and horrible) or default. Don't do much with brushwork these days, unless it's for an animated banner or something.
Avenger Angel's style looks cool and metallic/chromeish, but it requires quite a lot of brushwork.
1. Download one set.
2. Try it out.
3. If its bad, delete and go back to #1.
4. Found a good brush set, but not the best? Keep it and go back to #1.
5. Found the best set, delete the "good" set.
5. Found the best brush set that will always stay useful until you're tired of using it.
Yeah it's easy to go on download overload when you do that on DA @.@
I'm hoping it look like his somewhat, but who knows if I'll get close even.
It isn't good for every banner, but I think I like it because it's a fancy/cutesy font (lol, my inner girly teen is coming out). But seriously, I like it, as well as Moonlight Shadow. Apparently, I have some tastes in common with Azure SolarFlyte.
7. White on Overlay
6. White on Overlay
5. White on Overlay
4. Black on Soft Light
3. Black on Soft Light
2. Black on Soft Light
1 being at the bottom. After that it's just adding color with Color Balance and it's done. You can use any brush you want, there's a lot of freedom with it.
all that © Avenger Angel
Pretty much any of these fonts (by this guy) is awesome.
Try and take the eraser to it with brush mode on(assuming GIMP has that like Photoshop does). It's what I use to take out leftover white/background. http://prntscr.com/212cvn Eraser in Photoshop Elements.
Yeah I think one of the few problems is the render cleanliness.
Also, I see that you use the Dissolve mode for the brushes if I'm correct. That's fine for experimental purposes, but Dissolve usually don't make good mode to choose for most banners.
Overall good work and Keep it up!
AWildMew, try duplicating Gardevoir's layer and then setting the top one on Soft Light or Overlay. It'll make it stick out more so it doesn't really fade in with the background.
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First in a series of fictional location-based posters. It's messy, hopelessly derivative and overall just quite unremarkable, but frankly I think the fact that I'm doing anything at all is an achievement in itself, given my recent artistic inactivity. Hopefully I'll find it in me to do the Ecruteak, Zanarkand, Skyloft and Thunderhead ones soon as well.
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Thanks for the recommendations, guys!
Poetry: AHHHHH so pretty!! It really does look like Cocoon, and it's simple yet beautiful. C: I have no concrit for you, but I'd love to see what else you can produce in the same style!
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All the people doing the photomanipulation (aka banners) makes me sorta want to start doing it again XD
sadly I will probably not ever again/shot ;-;
starting a new project~ I feel like most of the time the sketches have more character than the actual drawing itself ;-; maybe it's the lines, giving it expression and whatnot.
(Why are my replies so darn long???)
I wish I could draw... XD
But seriously, that's awesome.
But when cutting, open the image in a new canvas (transparent), then cut it, then make a new layer under that and fill it with black. You can see the whites more easily (probably, I don't use GIMP anymore but it sort of works for Pshop).
I wish I could draw, that's definte. But I don't have a tablet, so all of it would be done with this mouse. I can do small things ( http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/f/20...67-d6sqpwm.png l|l http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/f/20...67-d609c2d.png)
but once it gets big I have a hard time. I did once draw a Pikachu on PShop for a club at my school though, and it was pretty well received, so I guess I'm not terrible.
It's just...I prefer paper.
Red screen? You mean like this?
Spoiler:- WARNING BIG IMAGE:
If yes then you can get that from adjusting the channels:
I have been working on some new character designs, I have started on this one, it is just a rough sketch I did quickly in MS paint, but I am not really happy with it, it just really feels like she is missing something, especially on the armored design... any thoughts? ~
I produced two more posters in a sorta similar style, but due to a range of factors neither of them match up to the Cocoon one in terms of design and quality. In fact, I'd go as far as to say these are pretty awful. Damn you, watercolours.
Spoiler:- Tower of the Gods:
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i think these are a lot more interesting than random blue watercolour strokes (i am being blunt, i know. but i hope i can get you to agree with that statement).
i don't think you should fret over details like symmetry or perfectly straight lines. it's fine to show the way you draw, it might actually add a lot, if you give it a chance. if you're worried about symmetry, maybe do a pencil sketch first and make sure you have everything the way you want it before you start to paint.
also, random watercolour tips, regardless of wether you know them or not; it's better to have your brush be too wet than too dry. since you can just dap out the watercolour with toilet paper if you mess up. which isn't possible if the paint is already dry. also, wait for the paint to dry before you go over it with another colour.
for the ecruteak one. the surrounding black parts might actually help the image. for example, what happens if you cut off the image on the right on the middle of the beam? you know? that kind of voyeuristic way of looking at it might actually be interesting.
sorry if my critique is too harsh (or not harsh enough...?). not trying to insult, just trying to give good criticism. if you don't like it, i can stop.
regardless, i hope i helped and i wish you good luck. bye.