Originally Posted by Photomart
His work is good because he's a talented digital artist. If you bought the $200 video and practiced his techniques, could you be as good? Maybe, if you already had that "talented digital artist" gene. Learning good retouching techniques will make you better at retouching ... or faster at retouching, but if you don't have that "talented digital artist" gene, you'll never be as good as him.
Here are some of my interactive retouching samples. As you can see ... I'm still trying to find a good pair of retouching "genes"
Thank you Marty for your response. His work is very good. What I read from your response is, if you plan to make retouching your life's work, then, with dedication, time, and practice, you too can achieve the same or similar results. But you must be prepared to dedicate yourself and practice--a lot. If, however, digital retouching is more of a hobby, then you'll achieve better and faster results than you currently do, but don't expect the same level of perfection.
Although I won't become a full-time retoucher or graphic artist, I certainly have room for improvement.
I looked at your shots. I think you've made dramatic improvements in each of your photos. Kudos.
Thank you for your response--I appreciate it!