Taking a break from the step-by-step today to post a forest study I've been working on.
Anyone that takes a look through my portfolio can tell I prefer to be designing environments. But truth be told, foliage is something that's always given me some trouble, especially when it's something like an interior forest scene. Which is why I wanted to do this (and hopefully some more) as practice.
To me, texture is key for getting a forest to look right, but compositionally it's a lot different than say, a mountain scene, too. You don't get the same negative space to play with, because there are trees everywhere. Color also presents some interesting challenges because there's so much green, making it more difficult for individual elements to pop.
For this I used a lot of hard-edged, opaque brushes and made quite a few new leaf brushes. Usually it takes a few tries to get a brush I'm happy with, and it takes much longer to build a collection of them. All the more reason to do some more of these!