This is an absolutely gorgeous piece and I really appreciate the time you took to explain your method (one of these days I will actually sit down and read Loomis instead of skimming through). I do have a few questions, if you don't mind: I assume when rendering, you keep all your colors on one layer? And may I ask what basic brushes you use?
And yeah, I generally try to use as few layers as possible. This piece was all one layer, the only time I'll use multiple layers is if a client requests it or if I know the background is going to be complex and difficult to paint 'around' the character. Otherwise, I prefer it as simple as possible. : )
As far as brushes, don't use too many, some somewhat painterly brushes, Mr--Jack's brushes, regular hard-rounds, and a few texture brushes, nothing too fancy.
Yeah, I usually start with lines. It's just another way of working; starting with shapes is easier for composition and value structure, but if you're trying to get a structurally solid portrait or figure I've found that starting with a good drawing is faster and easier.
Wow, this is really very helpful. Thank you very much. I am going to use your method of overlaying texture in middle step and see how it goes. ( I tried putting the texture in at the end, and never had good result. ) Despite my effort using ONLY texture brushes all my pictures turn out waayyy too smooth at the end..
I am very inspired by this, and I can't thank you enough.
And yeah, I don't really like putting textures on the image at the end, I feel like it makes it too sterile and digital, so if you do it in the middle and then paint over top of it while leaving some areas showing through, it feels more integrated and a 'part' of the image.