awesome picture.. all of your pictures are great actually... i have a question for you.. do you just use a round brush for your trees and rock/mountain areas, or do you use other shapes as well? i have a TOUGH time makes a heavily forest area like you have here and also with rocks... thanks dude
hey mm, i think I used one of those new brushes from the new brush engine in CS5.. But for getting the best shapes & design, I would recommend using a normal round(or square) brush, and really think about what shapes you want to have, before you commit to the paper. Make a quick sketch, try out different compositions and shapes. If you are using a very gritty textured custom brush, then it has a tendency to be too much random shapes, and you are more dependent on getting a "lucky stroke". I was very inspired by Kazou Oga (former Ghibli art director and background painter) And his shapes are so extremely strong and well designed, every brushstroke counts, there is nothing random about them.