Some illustrations, created using Photoshop CS6 a combination of image composits and digital painting using Photoshop’s mixer brushes and pressure sensitive settings for Intuos 4 tablet. I also used Illustrator for some of the splatter effects.
The ocean spray was created using a simple custom-made Photoshop brush, set to scatter in brush settings. Both the tail and mane were hand painted using Photoshop mixer brushes, set to Wet: 1%, Load: between 50% – 100%, Mix: 3%, Flow: alternated between 10% – 100% by using the shortcut keys Shift 1 = 10%, Shift 5 = 50%, Shift 0 = 100%, etc.
For the detailing around the heart shape I used a custom scatter brush made in Illustrator, then imported into Photoshop where I then added various layer effects (bevel and emboss, outer glow). Much of the detailing in the water and on the swan are painted using mixer brushes.
The water droplets were created in Photoshop, hand painted, then applied layer effects: bevel/emboss, inner glow and inner shadows. I used the Liquify filter to smudge a few of the droplets to make them appear as though the water is dripping down.
Most of the dragon was painted in Photoshop, although the pattern on its back was made using a snake texture which I afterwards painted and colorized. The pattern around the text was made in Illustrator using vector shapes and pen tool, then imported back into the main Photoshop file. The sparkles are a simple custom-made Photoshop brush set to scatter, with outer glow applied.
The kelp, background plants and coral on the far left (behind kelp), and also the distant mountains were painted in Photoshop. The spray is a custom made Photoshop brush set to scatter. The dolphin is made with multiple composit pieces, then painted and distorted using Photoshop warp tool and Liquify filter.
Feather details painted using Photoshop mixer brushes, some of the details on the boat created using custom pattern brush made in Illustrator. The fine spray on water is a custom-made Photoshop brush set to scatter, then afterwards I added blur and outer glow effects.
Monkey compiled using multiple images, then altered using warp transform and Liquify filter. Afterwards the fur was hand painted using mixer brushes. Detailing around text is a custom-made Illustrator scatter brush, then imported back into Photoshop where I then added layer effects: gradient overlay, outer glow, etc.
Combination of composited images, then hand painted using an array of Photoshop mixer brushes. I also use the regular brush, but I find that the mixer brush is more subtle for mixing colors and when adding very small soft lines.
Much of the cat’s fur, especially around the edges are hand painted. When extracting images, fine fur details are lost. I used to try to replace these using Mask refinements and selective channel masking. But recently I find that painting back these details creates much better results. The sparks are custom brushes set to scatter, with outer glow effects added. Lighting effects are achieved using a combination of Blending modes and layer masking, and also selective dodging and burning.