Some things to consider about blood when making it:
1. It can be a liquid (wet), or congealed (dried)
2. It has some form of transparency as a liquid
3. Its appearance it very dependant upon its enviroment.
4. How did it get where it is? Poured, splattered, dripped....
based on some of the above, it should be easier to work with
Your example looks to 'neat' to me. The highlights and lowlights seem too strong, making the blood look too solid and globulous.
If your going for 'wet' blood, try and make it a bit transparent and add some reflections/refractions within the blood drops to make it look 'wetter'.
Try some of the 'scatter' options in the brush palette to make more random patterns for your blood. Overall your blood looks to organized, so adding more randomness might help as well...
I looked at this the other day, there was something that I couldn't put my finger on that wasn't 'right'...?
I think there are two things, maybe three ...
Splat, rather than drop - even dripped form a relatively short distance, blood 'splats' even if only vertical ther should be a 'splatter pattern'
The 'consistency' doesn't look right - too many small random drops?
Too much emboss, making it appear thick and gel-like?
Colour - fresh - bright red, dried - dark red/brown/black, dried would have soaked in to any porous material and therfore not have a visible meniscus.
The shadow is inconsistent with the main image ( I realise this may just be a 'test', so no big deal)
Having said that, I don't think it's too far away
I'm going to have a quick play and see if I can illustrate what I'm trying to say... \:]
ok guys, I hate to get into all these blood posts, lol but what ever, I down loaded the brushes, and I put them in the brushes folder in adobe but I am not seeing them [confused] did i do something wrong?