I've been doing a lot of messing around with Photoshop lately. I love Photoshop as a program but I've never been crazy about doing anything more than sketching with it until recently, when I started really getting into trying out different brushes and techniques for creating new things. I've found that by downloading some good textured brushes and really playing around with the presets, it is possible to make drawing on a tablet feel a lot more intuitive and closer to drawing traditionally. One of the biggest breakthroughs for me was messing with the opacity jitter, which allows you to "layer up" your brushwork like you would with graphite.
Here's a few of the things I've churned out in the past couple weeks as I try to grow as a digital artist.
For those of you who draw with Photoshop and are on the lookout for more traditional-feeling brushes, I highly recommend the Nagel Series 33, a free-for-download brush pack available from CreativeMac.com. These are the primary brushes I used for all of the artwork here and I'm loving them to death.
Download the Nagel Series 33 here