But I have some questions about the paint tool. I recently discovered the Paint Effects tab and I don't fully understand it, but it does really cool things. If you go to "getbrush" in this tab you can select from 100s of brushes that create geometry and textures on a NURBs surface.
This is a poor screenshot of a poorly lit birch tree sitting on some nice green grass. All it took was some quick strokes with the brush tool. But my question is what are these objects that have been painted on? They appear to have geometry but I don't know exactly when they would be used. Is all the heavy duty modeling done on the characters and then the backdrops are just piecing together pre-made things?