June 27, 2012
the second step is about painting details inside these shapes. to do so, i use the clipping mask tool with flat or simple textured brushes. i think the whole thing would work even better if painted as realistic as possible.
that's it, nothing much more about it. the cool thing about this method is the resulting contrast between simple shapes and the fine details painted inside them. also it's something that allows you to get faster results since we're practically omitting the sketching process.
June 17, 2012
a good exercise to warm op or just keep your eye in shape and that i found immensely useful to study composition and color at the same time is to copy movie's screenshots.
i use to keep the original image in a separate monitor than the one with photoshop. that way it is a bit harder to guess the right color.