I can hardly give any coherent advice since my style keeps changing all the time. =P
The best I can do is say I have some Photoshop painting-tutorials in my Deviantart-gallery, and I will also post those here to my Tumblr in a while! :) My technique and tools have changed since those days tho, but the advice of the tutorials still apply.
I used to use the standard round brush like many other artists. Recently I’ve tried out the Cubebrush-brush set, and Loish just uploaded her brush-set which seems very promising! Oh and I also bough Kyle T Webster's Ultimate brush-set a while back, the watercolor-brushes are especially lovely!
In the end it’s simply a matter of testing things to see what suits your style and hand, you’ll surely find the perfect brushes for your style! And usually artists edit their brushes along the way to better and better suit their needs. :)
Yup yup! I’m glad you asked about the note so I noticed it. :)
And always glad to help (albeit a bit slowly these days..)!
Hey! Sorry, yeah I got your first question here in my notebox! I’m not sure if tumblr has ever notified me of it…. But anyway, to the question: you can check out my tutorial at
In the tutorial you’ll see how the greyscale is done, and if you check out the full tut-series you can see how the technique works.
Basically the benefit of greyscale/grisaille method is that the painting-process is split into various stages;
lines, greyscale (form and dimensions), and colors. :) Sometimes I get so lost with all possible wonderful color-options that I forget to focus on the shape of things. Making the shapes first via greyscaling and then adding colors onto other layer(s) makes things easier (also makes it easier to change color-schemes!)
I hope that helps! Feel free to ask if you have further questions! :)