Trying to make my paintings look traditional?

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    Has anyone worked out a good strategy to make your digital work more traditional looking? I just did a self portrait using an oil brush and put a texture over it but I'm not sure... any thoughts on how to improve the look? Thanks 0_1525902234193_ME with texture.jpg

  • R u working in photoshop?

  • If you are using PS go to the Adobe site you can download Kyle's impasto kit. You can also use the layers panel to put a stoke around you edges that makes them look like they have more dimension .Or you could buy Rebelle from paint storm for about $80 they just put out version 3

  • You can also make your own texture and upload it into your texture panel of your Photoshop brushes. Will Terry has a video about how to do that, I believe, or you can Google it. I have it written down somewhere in my notes...

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    It´s not really a matter of brushes or textures but of how you apply the „paint“ and your brushwork. Indeed, overlay textures are easy to spot and is one of the sure tell-tale signs of digital art (it´s one of the first things I look for when I’m not sure if a piece is digital or traditional!).
    Have a look at Marco Bucci `s work. He has two courses here on SVS and several YouTube tutorials.

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    @rcartwright Just curious--exactly where is this impasto kit? I have never been able to find it under the "load more brushes" tab.

    That said, @Jason-Bowen, that is a nice self-portrait, but it does look digital. The things that make it look digital in my mind are 1) The texture overlay that doesn't correspond to the individual strokes and 2) the thin strokes, especially in the background of the painting (hair and sofa or blanket or whatever that is).

    If you are using Kyle oil brushes, perhaps experiment with some of the other choices. I am a traditional oil painter turned digital, and I find that I can get a better result if I use a lot of temp layers, merging as I go. And sometimes I use the brushes with canvas texture. But mainly I paint in the same way I would using oils, building up the layers. For instance, those hair tufts in the background could have bits of background color stroked into them to lose the edges somewhat, just like you would with traditional oil.

    And as a purely aesthetic critique, I'd bring a bit of reflected light into the shadow side of the face and upper forehead to retain more dimension on that side. Also maybe you could get a bit more dimension on the light side for the nose bridge (er, I mean the long part, whatever you call it!) with a subtle highlight. And there are some slight symmetry problems (don't we all find those after the fact!) But the paint application of the mouth and lower nose look dimensional and I like the fresh (not overworked) application of the strokes.

    I'd keep at it! It's a good attempt and I actually find oil easier to imitate than, say, watercolor, which has to reply so much on pools of water and sediment creating serendipity while drying. If only!

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    @c-davies yes

    @rcartwright I have them brushes I will experiment some more.

    @RHirsch I have been considering adding a texture I will look into it.

    @smceccarelli I've watched a few of videos, I have been watching Nathan Fowkes on schoolism recently and found his landscape videos brilliant.

    @LauraA Thanks for the tips I will do some more practice sometimes I think its easier to just paint in the medium your trying to copy lol

    Thanks for all the comments 🙂

  • @lauraa I'm not sure where it is located but I've been told it is there. I bought it from his website before Adobe purchased the rights to his stuff.

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