Well, recently I've stumbled upon an incredible thing, planning!
Finished piece based on VI: [link]
To think I considered painting the first one. I've always opted for the dive straight in approach, which isn't really the best one, from now though I'm going to make sure I do a series of roughs first to make sure I don't end up painting something boring.
Another thing I used to do wrong is paint using opacity and size brush dynamics - the harder you press the larger the line and the more colour - I also set the power too high, meaning that light pressure would produce a very fine line while heavy would ... well produce a heavy line. While watching Dave Rapoza paint recently I noticed he only used opacity. "Well," I thought to myself, "why don't I try that?" The result? It was incredible, my painting improved tremendously, not only was I getting better more polished results, but I was actually thinking more and planning ahead. Now I only use size/opacity for highlights and details, avoiding it if possible.
I've been playing Rigs of Rods lately - which actually inspired the painting I was talking about earlier - and so I got out my steering wheel. While painting later on I had my feet on the pedals and thought "hey ... I could use this for painting
", so, I mapped them to changing layers in Gimp
Works surprisingly well actually.
A funny thing happened actually, turns out Firefox uses the same keys to scroll as Gimp uses to change layers, so it works in my browser. Anyhow, I told my brother that I can use my webcam to scroll and so pretended to scroll by waving my hand in front of my cam like an idiot (while actually using the pedals) he was amazed so he tried it and I kept using the pedals
He still hasn't worked it out yet XD I'll see if I can trick my dad too, should be amusing.