Okay so I'm drawing a picture for my girlfriend, for our anniversary. I'll have to link to imageshack since the image is 11x17 and I'd rather not hurt peoples eyes with screwed up dimensions. Anyway, I just started taking art classes so my drawing skills aren't all that great.
Like the titles suggests, its a work in progress. I'm using photoshop, illustrator, and my wacom tablet. I'm looking for advice on particular things. What I'm not so worried about are things like perspective. I'm more interested in tips on how I can achieve particular textures with photoshop. For example, the dirt path going from the dock to the house is kind of flat, bland, boring etc. How can I make it look a little nicer, more realstic?
Also, anyone have ideas for the ground? Right now it's just plain green. I'm not sure what to do or how to do it, but something to add more depth and make it a little more interesting than just green. Some kind of light grassiness, or dirt speckled ground(its actually set in the forest). Anyone have ideas?
A few things that may help:
1) Nevermind the pumpkin ninja, he's supposed to be hiding in trees that aren't there yet.
2) Pretty much everywhere it's plain green will be spotted with trees. They will get larger up front, much larger than the ones in the background.
3) The cabin isn't shaded yet, obviously.
Any feedback/advice/etc. would be much appreciated.