The other day I fully realized how many brushes I have made over the years in Corel Painter 12. I recorded three 30 minute videos using Camtasia Studio of all the brushes in my custom brush set. I sped it up 400% so it’s around 23 minutes long, which is still probably too long but I put some nice calming music on it.
I use a tiny fraction of the brushes in practice, many of them were experiments made during a long process of learning and trying different painting techniques.
After using more traditional mediums these last few years I can honestly say digital still has not caught up or could ever replace the feeling you get with real mediums, but it is very useful for faster work (no drying times and easier to correct mistakes, using layers etc…). Corel Painters brush system is still really nice for blendy effects in particular but other programs are catching up and have better layer support… Krita in particular. I don’t have any preference now for software I use, I just use what works for the approach I want to do. Sometimes I like to mix digital and traditional mediums up.