Disclaimer: I'm also a newb.
I also have watched a lot of youtube videos, and this is the approach I'm using for studies now (in the picture). I draw the lineart, and then just blocked in the values at 100% (underneath the lineart for starters, then I turn the lineart off), and then blend afterwards. I like to blend in a separate layer, so I can preserve the value blocks, mainly because I think they look cool.
The blending took about 10 minutes, and I just used a 50% opacity soft round brush and the eyedropper.
Blocking in the values took a couple of hours. I start with a base tone, which was approximately the value of the line in between the figures. Then I just choose the other tones in the colour picker. Might help to make a value scale for yourself off to the side that you can eyedrop from. Then it's just a matter of identifying the shapes, and then putting the nearest values in.
I also use the round brush that gets thicker based on pressure (like the line inbetween the figures). And I just manually set the opacity using the slider, and I don't change it very often. For instance I changed it once for this study. I did the lineart and blocking values at 100%, and then the blending at 50%.
Also, don't forget to paintbucket in a background value that isn't pure white.
Your second study looks pretty good. I wouldn't try to hatch like that though. Cleaner to choose the value you want and block it in.
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