theheroheart said: Wait, I'm gonna ask here so that tumblr people might get the benefit of your answer as well: What kind of brushes do you use? :)
I really love to hoard brushes, but lately I’ve found that I really only use four normal brushes, two smudge brushes and one mixer brush. I’ve included all of them in here.
The normal brushes are pretty much tweaked Photoshop defaults.
The smudge brushes works more as blend/blur-brushes which are great for achieveing quick soft transitions. I’m not friends with the default smudge brush, but with custom brushes it suddendly turns useful, in my opinion.
The mixer brush works best when everything is collapsed into one layer (as in transparency kind of defeats it’s purpose). It’s a wonderful mix between normal brushes and smudge.
Additionally, I’ve hotkeyed new layer and merge layer down to easy to get to keys, so a lot of the workflow is all about making a new layer -> doing some big soft brush strokes -> erasing out what you don’t want (or use a mask, I guess) -> merge layer down.
For environment stuff (or more abstract, less polished in general, really) I highly recommend these brushes. They come with a great tutorial and are really interesting. Most other brush packages include them in some way or another anyway.
there’s something hauntingly sad about a sunny day and a bicycle and high-waisted shorts in warm weather. maybe a popsicle or a coffee or an iced tea. or a friend to walk with around the block on parc where people sit around on the grass.
and strangely, something hopeful and happy about a pair of rainboots and maybe a raincoat or an umbrella. or a backpack. and the sound of raindrops hitting asphalt.
i think i miss montreal.
Anonymous said: I love your energy and positivity. Can you give those of us who struggle with staying positive some advice on how you look at life? Thank you!
this message has been in my box for a couple of weeks and i’ve been meaning to answer it.
i am positive and happy the vast majority of the time (and by comparison to this time last year, a solid 1000% happier and more at peace) because i have worked to construct my life in a way that allows for my own maximum personal happiness. to the extent possible, i do what i love and i love what i do. i have become so comfortable with myself, my personality, values, and desires, that i have for the most part let go of things that i know are not good for me. what is left is all the good stuff, and those parts are what i experience on the day-to-day. it is beautiful and wonderful and it took me a long time and a lot of trial and error to get to this place.
the only advice i have is this: never feel like you need to explain or justify your decisions to create maximum happiness for yourself. listen to me, friend: you do what you need to do whenever you need to do it. do not worry about what other people might think of those decisions because the only person ultimately responsible for your happiness is you. make those decisions for yourself and own them. don’t be afraid to make mistakes because there are very few (if any) “swallow the red pill or the blue pill” situations in life and every experience will serve you somehow. it’s okay if your gut is wrong sometimes and that doesn’t mean you should stop trusting yourself. tough decisions may involve removing people or things from your life, or removing yourself from situations. if parts of your life are causing you undue stress, anxiety, tension, unhappiness - let go of it, let go of them and move on. know you will be better off for it.
you can’t be happy and positive all the time, nobody is, and i certainly am not. but i know this much is true: you can create the best possible environment for yourself to thrive in. you are always entitled to that no matter what life throws at you.
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