: just realised I never replied to you! Thank you for the advice, esp. about color--I found it really helpful! I do think I need to do more construction...
Mmm yes nothing like a bump after 4 months of inactivity.
I've still been drawing-ish. Dropped Bridgman, probably because I was frustrated at not knowing how to draw the figure in general before working on anatomy. I think I need to do more gesture/figure studies first or skip to the part about the torso/leg since my anatomy skills are the weakest there. Didn't do much digital stuff (read: none) until tonight. For the last month or so I started actually using ink/watercolor more and it's amazing how much I learned about value from that. Plus read through half of Gurney's Color and Light (things are finally making so much more sense now!).
Also plug for BORODANTE
whose videos are really helpful in pointing out the basics and fun to watch too.
Despite not doing digital painting at all my second attempt at painting from reference is coming along much better (also the fewer colors help a lot). Any suggestions so far? The ref seems very bright and so I picked a darker value for the midtone because I wanted to practice values but I think the color's off.
For years the color picker has baffled me but no moreee... (I'm still not sure what "chroma" is, exactly. Can anyone explain?)
Also some figure studies (?) and portrait thing from the past few days. All from ref. I think I understand more why people say studying from photos is not ideal because depending on the lighting they can look pretty flat :/ I'd go to life drawing sessions but I'm not sure there are any at my college, nor do I have time...
Studies/drawing from refs is fun and I don't know why I kept drawing terrible anime heads for so long without doing any. I'm surprised I actually still improved despite that. Though to be honest I feel like it's just because most of my sketches are half-assed and I never really took the time to draw an actual thing
. Like, the WIP up top took me ~4.5 hours to get to that point (procrastinating on actual assignments, of course) and it's still not done. I need to be more patient, or something. It's easier with studies because there's an actual goal, though.
Is there a wrong way to do studies, btw? I'm not sure if I'm spending too much time on that one painting but I'm learning a lot about how digital painting works so I guess it's worth it so far. I think what I need to start doing is applying what I observed (poses, value, color, etc) to imagination to actually learn things.
Anyway, I don't know when the next time I'll post will be considering my terrible track record with these online sketchbooks but I'll try to keep up with this more, haha.