I continue to experiment with Inspire Pro, and it continues to feel somewhat out of control. I got the idea to try something that was very familiar imagery, so I would have one less thing to think about and try to manage. It seemed to help. The tool still feels out of control, but less so. I started to feel I could experiment with different textures.
I tried again, and it’s getting better. From the perspective of feeling like I have more of a say over how a mark looks. At the same time, I lost some of the energy in the image overall by trying to control the marks.