In the last few months my work process and the techniques I employ have undergone some pretty major changes and have evolved more than over the course of the entire previous year or so. I was wondering why this was over the course of creating my most recent deviation: [link] As noticed my rendering methods were significantly improved (I think anyway)
The reason? I had recently pulled apart and dissected my methods while writing a recent tutorial of PSD Tuts+. Being forced to actually write it all out and seriously think about how I did things was pretty enlightening. When writing the instructions I had to think "do I want people to see this?" and if the answer was no, then I devised a better/less destructive/more efficient way of achieving the results and this has paid dividends in my most recent work. I also ironed out some pretty bad habits I had developed without realising too.
I've been doing a bit of teaching over the last year and have always been a believer in teaching something to someone else as a good way of developing it yourself, but this is a whole new level - just sitting there writing with your own thoughts. 5500 words and 60 screen shots later....
The tutorial is here if anyone is interested: [link]