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I don’t exactly have a technique to blend colors. Some brushes blend better than others.
"Watercolor" brushes tend to blend well together, yet they still have a nice edge. If you want to invest a little, I would recommend Kyle T. Webster’s brushes.
However, I would also suggest going through DA and downloading some artist brushes. I found this set tonight. It has a nice variation of soft and lightly textured brushes that might do the trick:
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I suppose I can link you to all those color theory tutorials and such, but in all honesty my greatest inspiration for colors is …food. I’ve reblogged a lot of food/desserts and nature. Their purpose, although they appear to be self gratifying aesthetics, is for color inspirations.
Looking at food, especially desserts, is a good starting point for me:
They all have this soft pastel quality that’s in my artwork. It has a lot to do with observing how these colors changes in shadow and light and how they work together. Because of their soft tones, they tend to work well together. In the end, if it’s still dull, I would bump up the vibrancy of the entire artwork.
I also use Design Seeds. The site offers a lot of gorgeous palettes alongside photos, which I find it extremely useful since I can observe how they pull out these colors out and how I can apply it to my art.
And I’m using CS5. I used to use paint tool Sai. Sai is nice with its simplicity but photoshop … brushes…
I hope that sort of helps!