I'm working on a new comic and I want it to look very different than most out there. To achieve a different look, I've been practicing with Corel Painter and going for a very loose, emotive style with heavy use of oil paints. I want your opinions... Which do you prefer, #1 or #2?
First sample: Flats in Photoshop, painting in Corel Painter, lettering in Illustrator. Very emotive but lacking in any kind of refinement in shadows and highlights.
Second sample: Flats in Photoshop, painting in Corel Painter, back to Photoshop for shadows/highlights with a low opacity brush, and then lettering in Illustrator. The piece loses some of its emotive qualities but the shadows and light source are far more defined.
Which do you prefer and why? I'm torn on these techniques. I'm going to keep refining them in the coming weeks but wanted to get some outside opinions because I can't make up my mind.