Been around here for a few years, but every time I thought about making a post I thought "well you should just research it and find the answer yourself instead of bothering someone". I'm going to suck it up and just ask for some help from time to time, even if the questions probably won't be novel. I've been doodling and playing around with painting (digitally) for a long time now, but usually in spurts with long breaks in between. Here's some of my stuff (spoilered for stupid sizes):
The other day I was watching a League of Legends video and thought the team roster picture looked like a great set of faces to paint, so I grabbed a screencap:
I'm pretty happy with my initial sketch, as is usually the case for me (sorry so faint here, contrast was better on the ipad).
When I wanted to start painting in some color though, the color picker makes me feel completely lost. From reading a lot around here over the years I know the gist of what I want to do, pay attention to the light, draw what your eye sees not what your brain thinks, etc, and I've succeeded in the past. But more often than not when I try to start painting color, I'm really stymied. And I really want to be able to render things, I get excited by paintings of not just clouds but shiny napkin holders or doorknobs. I love it when painters capture light.
I guess I'm somehow at the "where do I start?!" feeling with the infernal color choice even though I've gone through this a few times in the past. I feel dumb as heck asking something so elementary but I've been in a got-frustrated rut for a few weeks and I'm looking for some help getting out of it and back to practicing more frequently. In addition to advice I'm especially interested in things I can do in 10-20 minute spurts, which come up a lot at work (where I have my iPad and Procreate handy).