i put together a ton of one-image beginner-friendly drawing tutorials that folks here might find helpful, including this one! megathread below 👇

paint better materials (in this case, wood boards) by making sure your forms read clearly and the texture doesn't get too busy!

even well-rendered materials can use a boost to be more eye-catching. entirely painted with the hard round default brush in PS.

sticking to a simple set of values and applying those to directional planes help volumes read clearly!


ambient occlusion is a soft, subtle shadow in the nooks and crannies of where forms come together. cast shadows clarify how objects are related spatially.

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