Long-time lurker, first time poster here. I've been reading these forums for a couple of years now, just looking at and enjoying people's work without drawing anything myself. Considering the work of people like DMAC, angel_of_bacon and many others sort of inspired me to try getting into art myself, I figured it would be apt to come here for advice.
Here's the problem. I...I can't colour things properly. My linework is sort of
okay, not stellar in the slightest, but I have an assloads of studies ahead of me and I enjoy doing them because I can see myself improving constantly. When I try to put colour down however, the same thing always happens, and my brain just doesn't seem to know how to do it. Perhaps it's best to show an example.
This was done without a single brush stroke, if I recall correctly. I just made selections and used gradients to lay down the highlights and shadows, because I'd given up on using my shitty hands to shade properly. This was made last christmas, and it took forever for me to get done.
Yesterday I was just doodling around a bit, and i quickly thickened out some shitty lines on a sketch to have a go at colouring again.
That's what it looks like without any colours. I spent a couple of hours trying to colour it, and ended up giving up around 4.30 in the morning because I just wasn't getting anywhere.
The main problems I have seem to be: 1) I can't select colours properly, and 2) I can't blend them adequately. I've looked at dozens of colouring tutorials, and I usually lose it around step two, just because whenever I select a colour for the highlights or shadows, it looks off me to me - and I end up raging. If I do push on, the colours never blend properly and it comes out looking terrible either way.
Unfortunately I don't have any formal training in art to help me out on this, and just looking at tutorials really doesn't seem to help me. I understand how they do it, but usually things turn into "we apply some highlights, and just give the work some volume. keep rendering like this until you are satisfied". I checked out colour theory videos and I understand
how it all works, but when it comes to applying stuff like that I just fall apart. How do other people select colours for their flats and highlights? are there any brush settings I'm forgetting, or is this simply a case of me not understanding what I'm supposed to do?
Any help would be immensely appreciated.