Fragment of A Dream - Redux
This image was painted in a prerelease version of Photoshop CS5, using the Mixer Brush. The original photo was put on a locked layer, and the paint was applied by 'picking up' color from that layer. This is not a simple smudging process, but instead a way of using the reference photo as a live palette for paints. The bristles are very responsive, and with a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet and 6D Art Pen, you can even rotate the brushes during a stroke.