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Journal Entry: Tue Jun 8, 2010, 12:35 PM



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hey everyone! i've been getting a LOT of questions lately about brushes - which ones i use, where i downloaded them, etc. because of this i updated my f.a.q with this link: loish.net/deviantart/resources… it shows which brushes i use, what the settings are and examples of how i use them.

although i understand that people are curious and want to learn about other people's techniques, i am often surprised that people don't look at the resources they already have (the brushes already installed in the program for example). lots of people are always looking for some kind of 'magic trick' to achieve a certain thing and jump on tutorials, brushes and other resources as if that alone will teach you how to draw. using resources is a good thing but the most important thing is building up experience, finding the things that work for YOU, and coming up with ways to achieve the image you have in your mind. i did make a rough estimate of the flow and opacity settings of the brushes because i get so many questions about it, but honestly i think people should just try out the settings until they like what they see. you don't have to stick to any rules!

hope everyone understands where i'm coming from.. and i hope the new brush ref sheet is useful!



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:iconlumographia:
lumographia Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Thanks for the link to your brushes and especially for listing the flow and opacity settings you use. Was just wondering what you have pen pressure set to in the transfer section of the brushes panel: flow, opacity, both or neither.
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
i don't mess with the transfer options :)
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:icontarred-and-feathered:
Tarred-and-Feathered Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting... I always use transfer and that could be what's screwing me up all this time.  it just goes to show there is no secret brush that can make you an awesome artist .  those you show are all standard. I noticed that if you select duel brush and mess with the size you can get a pretty good pastel /chalk effect.
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
thanks for the tips! maybe transfer is a great tool, i think it all depends on your drawing style. personally i'm just not so flexible in my drawing technique. i like to keep it uncomplicated, otherwise i get quickly confused/frustrated with my tools. but there are great artists who can really use brush effects to their maximum potential :] 
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untitled512 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for the tips, i mostly use opacity and less use on the flow.
question(s) : do you solely use CS program to draw?? is there any other drawing program you use??
also is adobe illustrator and indesign a must?
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
i solely use adobe's CS for drawing, although i never use illustrator or indesign! whether it's a 'must' depends on what kind of work you do. if you have to make poster designs or things with typography i think photoshop is not the most ideal program. but as a digital illustrator i don't find these programs very useful!
hope that helps!
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untitled512 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awww thank you for answering my questions!! (as you are a busy person).
Just I see this for job vacancies and brother said I should learn illustrator. but I find whatever I need to do, I can just do it all in CS. Thank you very much!!! <3
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prince6130 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
can u make a hair tutorial plz

i really need it plz i beg u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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tamirespp Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hi, I really admire your work and your photoshop progress is almost like a bible to me! But, still, I have some doubts:
1-How do you know the right tone to do the shading? Is it random? I see in the video you play a lot with colors...
2-When you start blending colors in the second video, I couldn't see the opacity and flow settings of your brush... I mean, I think you start with, I don't know, 50% flow 50% opacity and, when you really refine the piece, you get down to 5-10% flow and opacity. Is it right?
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tamirespp Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hi, I really admire your work and your photoshop progress is almost like a bible to me! But, still, I have some doubts:
1-How do you know the right tone to do the shading? Is it random? I see in the video you play a lot with colors...
2-When you start blending colors in the second video, I couldn't see the opacity and flow settings of your brush... I mean, I think you start with, I don't know, 50% flow 50% opacity and, when you really refine the piece, you get down to 5-10% flow and opacity. Is it right?

Thanks for your time!
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
i have the sneaking suspicion that you posted this question somewhere else as well and that i already answered it... is this true?
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:icontamirespp:
tamirespp Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yes! I'm so sorry ^^' thanks for replying though.
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
haha don't worry about it, i was just making sure so that your question didn't go unanswered.
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:iconflame-essence:
Flame-Essence Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Student
What happened to your YouTube?
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
deleted it :( i figured all my movies are on vimeo so that's enough.
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:iconmorbid13princess:
Morbid13Princess Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Thank you for the mini tutorial.
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010

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:icontziqui:
tziqui Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks!!
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:iconchenn:
Chenn Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
my words...
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:iconweenylem:
weenylem Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, but how the HELL do you make such stylish, beautiful journal xD
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
css :D
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:iconweenylem:
weenylem Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know CSS, anyone can do that but not beautiful and stylish like yours xD
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:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Thanks for the hint and the tip ^_^
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:iconclaudiasutton:
claudiasutton Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional
Well said. Thanks for sharing anyway.
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:iconmadubachi:
madubachi Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
echt heel erg bedankt. Ik was al lang aan het zoeken hoe ik met brushes in photoshop een dof effect kon maken. dus dit is echt handig!
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:iconjacksobsession:
JacksObsession Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Doh ... just be the style had you down as using Painter ..impressed XD
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:iconawesome-deviant-name:
YEs. I completely agree. I went and tried to download cool brushes - but I just ended up creating my own. I am happier and maybe more unique because of it....
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:iconkitton:
kitton Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ugh now I REALLY want that like button.
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:icondichotomancer:
Dichotomancer Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
I actually find that one of the most fun things to do in Photoshop is to mess with brushes and just paint randomly to see how they look. So many great ideas come from just that.
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Shrym Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
i find looking at tutorials interesting, but i'm glad you raised this point. Too much emphesis is laid on tutorials these days. Especially in Adobe After Effects. Have you ever been on greyscalegorilla.com? He gives a lot of very useful tips for programs like After Effects and C4D, but always emphesises that millions of people read these tutorials, so you're not really setting yourself apart from anyone else.

Thats why i'm still just messing about. I havent found my style yet and i'm comfortable with that :) (I've given myself a year as a fellow with digital city to do so, before setting up my own company. Gaaaaah taxes!) xx

Anyway. Hope you are well :)
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:iconshrym:
Shrym Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
i find looking at tutorials interesting, but i'm glad you raised this point. Too much emphesis is laid on tutorials these days. Especially in Adobe After Effects. Have you ever been on greyscalegorilla.com? He gives a lot of very useful tips for programs like After Effects and C4D, but always emphesises that millions of people read these tutorials, so you're not really setting yourself apart from anyone else.

Thats why i'm still just messing about. I havent found my style yet and i'm comfortable with that :) (I've given myself a year as a fellow with digital city to do so, before setting up my own company. Gaaaaah taxes!) xx

Anyway. Hope you are well :)
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
agreed. some programs are hard to learn which makes tutorials necessary, but it's important to move on from tutorials and find something specific to what you're trying to create.
good luck with your career btw :]
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:iconshrym:
Shrym Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
thanks love! I wish you luck with paperbag parachute too :)

find a style is proving hard for me, but i'm determined to get there. I dont want to end up as one of these studios that does everything. I know i'll just end up providing a watered down service of something that someone else could probably do a lot better if i do that [vector art - gah!]
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WendyFae Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010   General Artist
the ref is nice thanks, but yes i can agree with u
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:iconaihara:
Aihara Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
all I gotta say is "pen pressure"
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:iconarinarai:
Arinarai Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Good words. Yeah, i also believe that people sould follow their own karma, and that each individual occurence of karma is original. The simpliest way to discover his own karma is training and learning, not duplicate another one. I think i understand you. Cheers.
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babycalliope Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Definitely see where you're coming from, and it's good to hear that from someone. I'm always looking for a brush or tutorial that's going to give me spectacular results, but that's...unrealistic. Practice makes perfect or at least better.
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
yep and finding your own technique is really good for artists in the long run. i see a lot of digital artists who are just poor imitations of other artists because they are tutorial addicts, despite the fact that they have enough talent to come up with something better.
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babycalliope Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Yes, I have to say I have seen people's work that looks a heck of a lot like yours...Not just in technique, but style. There have honestly been moments where I look at your work or someone elses' and say "I wish I drew/painted/created just like them". But then I have to remind myself that if I painted just like you (or at least tried) then who am I as an artist?

Anyhow, you're definite inspiration and always look forward to seeing your work.
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
yeah, the style borrowing happens a lot. it's actually okay as a phase of your development because i've seen a lot of artists go through such a phase and then blossom into a talented and unique artist. but it's important to always look further and remind yourself that borrowing style aspects is a learning technique, a means to an end, and eventually you need to find your own thing.

and thanks so much for the compliments!
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ditto9 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, I'll check them out!
I agree, the ones I use are just default brushes in Photoshop with tweaking here and there to get different effects.
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
they are surprisingly good! and it's amazing what you can do with them when you tweak the settings enough. although i don't really do that often enough :[
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:iconditto9:
ditto9 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I havent played around with them in a while, I have a few I just use but lately I've just used default hard round with no opacity - its a lovely effect! Its helped me raise my confidence a little, too c:
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Mizzy-chan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
This is ganna make my summer more fun trying all this stuff out!
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:iconkalbojehki:
kalbojehki Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
thank you ma'am!
your faq and *meago 's tutorial helped me figure out what photoshop brush setting I like best right now, so I am very grateful that you share your technique~
my technique is evolving now into something I love and it is thanks in part to emulating yours, so, thank you, haha!
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diap-Drektor Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
i seriously think of marriing you one day
thanks a lot
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:iconnachoyague:
nachoyague Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Usually best things are made with the most simple solutions. I don't know why all the people ask about brushes... as the definitive way to make a good illustration! O_o
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Lentyrn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
So true. The best way to learn is through expirience. You can read as many tutorials, and use as many cool brushes as you want, but unless you practice and play, you won't achieve anything. It's not the program and tools that make good art, but the artist themselves.
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dolphinwing Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like to read a lot of tutorials so I can combine all the knowledge I learn into my own stuff :) also do you use textures by :iconcloaks:? cuz some of the ones you have on this journal skin look like hers.
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loish Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
all the textures i use come from [link] :]
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