So don't look to hard at this painting, I did it from sketch to finish in about 2 hours. But I am posting it because I wanted to show how I've started to explore painting with Photoshop. I am so behind the times here and only have done traditional painting. My friend Manelle showed me a few cool techniques to try out. I decided to make my daughter's birthday invitation trying some of the things Manelle taught me. So here is what I came up with. I wrote the words inside the sea shell. I could have done a lot more details on the drawing, but who wants to spend that much time on a birthday invitation? I didn't spend a ton of time on the painting and probably could have done a lot better- I didn't even finish shading her skin. I just left the sketch in the painting. And I used a couple of cheesy texture brushes like a star brush. But hey, it was an experiment.
It takes so much less time to paint on the computer. No washing out brushes and mixing colors. And if you make a mistake, you just go back in the history. I want to paint my current jobs on the computer, but I'm thinking I should probaby get a little more experience on the computer before attempting that. :)