rayfrenden wrote:ZZZZZZ.... wai-what? Did someone mention my name?
Just a question of whether using a paintbrush setting is the same as downloading someone else's created paintbrush. I'm of the impression that it is better to create ones own. Other people are of the impression that it doesn't matter where you get one from, or what sort of brush it is.
To me it's sort of like how jimiyo, when he first came to woot (and possibly still, I surely am not keeping track) used to make vector art available to people. There's no reason to not make these things available if you so desire to, and it certainly doesn't detract from ones own work if you use clipart or brushes you make yourself, even if you also sell or give them away. But to me, if you were to buy a jimiyo vector pack, or a frenden brush, and try to profit off the use of it, it simply feels like the work of the user is cheaper than the work of the originator.
My first interaction with "digital art" was probably when I was quite young, with Mario Paint. Which was overall a pretty silly game to own, but I digress. You could, in the "game", either use a pencil tool, which had settings you could use to change the width and such, or set it to airbrush, etc etc. Or you could use a stamp, and just stamp cats all over the place, or draw a continual line as if the cat was the tip of your pen. Were we to extrapolate this to photoshop, or a similar real graphics program, there is the basic pencil analog, and with it you can alter thicknesses and pressures and whathaveyou, and there's a brush, which does similar, in a more brush-y way. But you can also download the equivalent of the "cat" brush, and just paint cat-lines. And if that is one's goal, I personally don't understand why they wouldn't just make their own cat brush. Using someone else's is, to me, a bit cheap. Art is for everyone. But it shouldn't be about shortcuts. The more you can do yourself, the more proud you should be of your art. Seems simple to me.