Luckily, I have the very talented Sergeant Sweets Tin aka Ben304 to help me out. Up until recently, his internet didn't have sufficient bandwidth for more than speaking on Skype with voice, but now he is able to share his screen. Therefore, I have been able to watch him paint. He's been kind enough to share techniques with me by telling me about them, but watching them in action is much more helpful. Just today I watched him do a speed painting which was extremely informative, and I think will help me out tremendously with regards to these complex backgrounds.
In the meantime, I went back and touched up a few existing backgrounds yet again, but also decided to practice a bit and do a speed painting of my own. The result was this:
|Still have a ways to go, but I'm pleased with the tree at least.|
|No more burn tool!|