Thank you so, so much. I've been drawing for years, but it's always been on paper. I just recently got a drawing tablet, and I picked it up pretty quickly, but I've been looking at a LOT of tutorials, tips, and reference images to improve my skills. I think I'm pretty good, but I have yet to get to this level. Your tutorial right here addressed my biggest beginner mistakes. Seriously, you were spot on. I know that I need to be a it riskier, but I also need to not use so many definite blacks and whites. I also need to incorporate more dynamic ways of coloring and shading. Really, though, this is a big help, and I want to thank you for taking the time to make it. The same goes for all of the other artists that share their knowledge on the internet to help people like me.
tcarr12Featured By OwnerJun 21, 2013Student Traditional Artist
For the colors, how do you suggest we start picking? Like... My images have the last problem. Thing is, I don't really know what else to use for skin tones besides warmer colors like gold and orange for light and cooler colors like purple for shadow areas.
Because color is so relative and complex, it's really hard to say. One trick you could use is, "When in doubt, use the compliment". For instance, if you're painting a red rose, you could use green in the shadows. Or because a rose has red petals and green leaves, you could use blue in the shadows, which would make a split complimentary color scheme. There are so many factors involved in choosing colors, there's nothing more I can say except experiment. A big part of choosing color depends on your understanding of how color works in the real world. Study color theory like there's no tomorrow.
One great way to learn how to choose color is to study how other artists use color. John Asaro has an impressive, nonconventional use of color in his work. Here's one example of his work: [link]. For this paitning he uses orange, green, and purple to paint skin, which is a split complimentary color scheme. You could also study artists here on DA such as Marta Nael, Pete Amachree, and Thomas Honz.
I keep Opacity at 100% almost all the time. I don't even have opacity set on my brush settings. The only setting I change is the Flow. That's just my preference. 50% seems like a good setting. Many artists will use anything between 20%-70%. Flow works similar to opacity and I use it at 10%, 50%, and 100%. Here is a tutorial by Carlos Cabrera you might find useful: [link]. He mainly changes the opacity and not the flow, which may help. The tutorials are in real time too which is also great.
I hope this helps you! If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask!
One of the best tutorials I've seen so far Thanks a lot. The colours used in your pics are great. I noticed you covered here some basic colour theory, maybe you could consider making a tutorial that would go deeper into that and explain your thought process behind choosing and applying colours. It would be extremely helpful too. It's just a suggestion though, I realize it's a lot of work and takes time