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Hmmm and if you did want to push this more, you could further refine the water falls. (and even the rocks around them) Since your going for that white spray kinda look, like these i assume? Id say parts of your water fall would probably spray out more than they are. Kinda like if you were to turn a hose on and press your thumb against the opening. As the water sprays further away from the mouth, it fans/spreads out, like you have it, but also gets thinner like strands of hair. if that makes sense. And I think in general its usually a good idea to zoom out and ask what shapes/colors make sense, are consistent with the lighting and what parts aren't. (and use a ton of reference if you aren't sure.)
And also textures brushes don't have to always be used literally. A grass texture is nice (painting individual blades can be so tedious!) but texture brushes can also be used as a base to breathe more variety into your strokes. So that what ever object your painting has the same 'feel' and look as the brush you used. Or they can be used as something that gets applied to a painting after the main forms have been painted. Like using a scatter brush of dots to create pores on some ones skin, or a jagged rough texture, with opacity to make a walll look more like stone. Ha here! Daarken has some nice tutorials on making your own brushes.
And there he lightly shows that although texture brushes can be used in a specific literal sense (like a brush for making chains) they can also be used in a more general sense of painting. They can give a painting an overall more 'rough'/'soft'/'grimy'/etc. feel.
Ha i hope that helps. i think what Im trying to say is: a texture brush is still a brush like any other, so you still want to create form with color, value, and proportion. You still want to paint the same way more or less. And what makes texture brushes great is that they can give an artist way more options and freedom if they get comfortable using them. Especially when painting something tedious i hope that makes sense, and is helpful haha i wrote way more than i intended, but anywhoo Cant wait to see more! That whale and shark look awesome!
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