I've always had a big interest in painting and wanted to give the digital end of it a go. A while back I bought a subscription of Painting with Light and Color
with Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo. Two absolute geniuses. These are two paintings inspired by their class. The second one is a little older and somewhat disconnected from the whole Christmas thing but thought I'd upload it anyway. Studying and practicing paintings helps greatly with my lighting work and I plan to post more in the future. Merry Christmas!
Recently I bought a licence for the Substance Pack from Allegorithmic which includes Substance Painter, Substance Designer and Substance B2M. The more I was seeing what can be done with this software, the more I had to give it a go. This is my first shot at using Painter, it's not too fancy but I was more interested in grasping the concept and the layering system. It's not a 1:1 match in Maya, but close, I am happy enough with it. Really good fun to use and very powerful. Already it has me thinking about shading in many different ways and I hope to upload more soon. Model is from the Allegorithmic site.
Some studies involving subsurface scattering. One has some extra detail on the glass, just experimenting with how this affects refraction. I am planning to upload a more complete piece after my sub surface findings, it's such a cool and interesting subject.