I often use only soft brush, default presets, and manage everything with the strength of a pressure to a pen on a tablet.. sometimes I block the skin mid tone with hard brush and paint the rest with the soft brush. hard brush is better for a composite fill of a surface - mid tone usually. on this one I used only soft brush on a dark background. it's not often recommended - the soft brush- but when printed out it looks OK so I stay faithful to my soft brush I hope I helped!
I hear what you're saying. I usually use the same technique as well, (hard brush to fill, soft brush after that.) I know that it's not recommended usually. But there's no wrong way if you ask me, it's about works best. Anyway, thank you for sharing your techniques! I am currently trying to teach myself how to paint digitally, and am still frustrated with tablet adjustments. :/
what tablet do you use? I've heard wacom is the best, but I only have some common genius tablet and it works fine for me. I got it at the beginning of this year. i am usually lazy to experiment with making brushes and adjusting them, but every time I paint I randomly discover something new digital painting rocks!
I have a wacom. I love painting digitally! No mess to clean up! I haven't made any custom brushes myself, but I have found some good ones I like to paint with. For example, this set here: [link] has been working well for me. More control, I dunno why though. The settings are just nice I've found.