Do you start light and build up?
Start opaque then blend?
Draw then paint on top getting rid of the linework?
Start black and white for tonal contrast then add color?
Start black and white for tonal contrast then do a whole new painting in color?
What else can you tell me about your method?
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I paint wet-on-wet, alla prima method. First, I tone the canvas (I really hate white speckles showing through the painting and an undertone helps bring all of the colors together). Next, I'll place quick lines on the canvas to get the general proportions/layouts done correctly.
Once I've gotten the layout done and it loosely matches my drawing, I start blocking in shapes using the average color of the area. This tells me if my color scheme works and if I get the feeling that the landscape recedes (aerial perspective). Once I'm happy with the general feel of the painting, it's a matter of working from back to front and adjusting the values/edges to get the final painting that I want.
I usually come in the next day to put the ultra-darks/ultra-lights in because, a lot of times, I ended up putting on too much paint to effectively do it in my first sitting.
All of those you mentioned, and then some, but it varies a lot.
In no two of my illustrations I follow the exact hundred percent same method; there's always some variations or adjustments in my "basic painting habit".
Here's what I'm currently doing with a Norman-Rockwell-inspired domestic scene full of quaint, awesome vintage artifacts:
Generally, I always start with a sketch, which doesn't need to be digital. In fact, I'm extremely comfortable with old fashioned pencil and paper.
The sketch helps me to figure out what the idea could actually look like.
Then I constructed the perspective from scratch, and gathered a ton of references for the many things in this illustration. This line drawing alone took me several hours, perhaps 5 or 7 or ten. I tried to take my time to get everything down neatly because I want a solid foundation that saves painting time later. (if you do see mistakes, feel free to PM me, I'll fix 'em)
Underneath that line drawing, I made a new layer with a general color layout. All broad and flat, nothing wishy-washy. Ta-da! Now I have a quite good idea of what I'm gonna get; and so far it looks exactly like what I envisioned, yay!
I haven't continued yet. The next step will probably be to make a new layer for each single object ON TOP of the line drawing, and give each object plenty of attention.
The line drawing will gradually disappear under that perfectionist paint-fest.
I've used a similar method in my recent work. OP, I hope this answers your question
I use my sketch pad and do some designs they are usually small, I do a few of them and decide which ones I want to make into paintings.
To start of with I used to pencil in the design onto the canvas and then do the painting but the last few paintings I've done have just been painting straight onto the canvas without drawing the design on first.