More texture, or less texture?



  • I'm kinda playing around with textures. I consistently waffle between more grain, less grain, too much, too little, and go back and forth every other week (too far one way, too far the other way).

    I think I've got a pencil brush that I like for my linework, but does it look more cohesive (consistent?) with a heavier grain (option A) or less grain (option C)? Talking about the rendering in general.

    Thanks πŸ™‚

    I hope this displays large enough to actually see the texture difference πŸ˜†

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    The texture in A looks pretty good to me. That's the one I'd go with.


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    @Braden-Hallett I think you may be overthinking this a bit. When they say it's important to have a consistent style, it doesn't necessarily mean doing exactly the same thing all the time. There will be slight differences from one project to the other and I think that's fine! I don't always use the exact same brushes from one illustration to the next. And you don't have to pick your grain style and stick with it until the rest of your life... All 3 examples you showed are nice, and the differences are slight enough that they ALL look like you drew them. I think that's enough, really.



  • I agree with @evilrobot. I am more into A. Great job!





  • @NessIllustration I am ABSOLUTELY overthinking it πŸ™‚ Letting go and just creating art is definitely something I need to work on.

    I think I'm less worried about needing to have exactly the same look (though that'd be nice since my next project is a graphic novel kinda dealy). It's more that as small changes and processes accumulate things still don't look 'right' to me (which, I'm sure, is me overthinking it πŸ™‚ )

    Thanks for the feedback!



  • Idk if theres a significant enough of a difference to impact the picture for better or worse honestly. Either way you go it feels affective. Maybe if the textured strokes contrasted more with the material? Like i can tell theres texture but idk if it makes any difference in impact to me.

    I’m trying to get into the habit of asking myself, how big is this image gonna be and are these textures gonna make a difference.

    They all look good to me


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    @Braden-Hallett Gotta agree with @Aleksey ... We artists are really good at overdoing it. Sometimes I can spend 15 minutes trying to decide between 2 shades of blue, and they're so similar the only way I can even tell they're different is because Photoshop says so ^^'''' I think we gotta let go of things that don't make a significant difference..



  • I personally like the option A design.
    is there any particular option that takes more time and effort than the others? it might be an efficiency problem instead of a style problem. You might have a tight deadline...

    Great stuff as always



  • Oh man... I'm still learning so much. I tend to over-render like a madman. That being said, I like how bright B is, but i like the level of detail of C.



  • I think it’s really interesting that you’re playing around with this. I’m already a big fan of your work, but I think you’re right - adding graininess gives the work more of an oraganic, down to earth feeling. Up to this point, everything has had a nice gloss to it(which btw Is stunning). But I do think this treatment in the right places can warm up your current work. The treatment of texture on his face is perfect - it doesn’t distract at all, but gives the piece uniformity(is that a word?).
    The arms feel a little dirty though, maybe use the technique a little more subtly on flesh(like you did with the face).



  • @Aleksey Thanks! Not seeing much of a difference is also good to know πŸ™‚ Means I can kinda choose which one I (marginally) like better



  • @NessIllustration Very true. The potential for analysis paralysis with photoshop is overwhelming sometimes. And that ever so slight change in blue hue is important, darnit! πŸ™‚



  • @josegalue25 No, no great difference in time. If anything option A has more potential for being quicker (a bit) since I think it blends a bit better with basic shading.

    Good idea, though. If one were significantly faster it'd be a no-brainer πŸ™‚



  • I'd have to agree with most that A is working really well. The grain is noticeable, but not distracting. Almost like how we can always see our nose, but our brain blocks it out. I can see the heavier grain, but only if I'm looking.

    All three look great though, keep up the good work!



  • @jasondmcintosh Interesting! Thanks for the feedback πŸ™‚



  • @kaitlinmakes Thanks! Organic and down-to-earth is good, I think. I'll have to make sure to remember to give the face and other 'smooth' areas a softer touch πŸ™‚



  • @Justin-Moss Good know! Thank you πŸ™‚



  • @Braden-Hallett

    I like A and C - I guess I don't like B because the hair is lighter (high contrast) and the graininess is more evident and it's like dirt/particles of sand stuck in his hair. Hair wise when it is dark I would go with A because C looks too glossy if you want to go with more of a grain. I like boots in C but like the belt and hold the pants up straps in all three versions. The shirt in A and I am just getting lost in liking certain details haha.


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    I like the line work of A and the texture/ detail of B. πŸ™‚
    You are so good. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘


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