So I got serious about art in December/January. I try going straight into digital, didn't work of course. I then went fully traditional with all my pencils, etc. I now really want to get into painting.
The only problem is there are SOOO many mediums!!!
Seriously, I have researched oils, acrylics, watercolour, tempera, etc... but I have no idea which one I want to get started in. Watercolour looks easy and fun, but I don't want to miss out on acrylics or oils.
What is good for a beginner trying to learn the basics colour theory, etc...?
P.S Last time I checked I don't appear to be allergic to turpentine/terpenoid (what ever the difference is...)
He said the roots of education were bitter but the fruits sweet.
watercolors are too hard to control for a beginner
acrylics dry too fast for a beginner
oils dry slowly but that is no problem. you can either mix it with a faster drying medium or just wait longer.
There are alkyd paints which have a drying time between acrylics and oils - imagine these as oils with a fast drying medium.
BUT: took a look at your sketchbook. in my opinoin you should stick longer to drawing. Make your drawings more refined. Learn how to render form by controlling shades.
And then go to colored mediums. Because then you will have the knowledge of how the different values of your mixed paint will make up your subject.
This order of learning steps is well proven by hundreds of years. You just need patience. Many ongoing Artists slip up doing the more complex subject of painting too early without having profound education in drawing - the easier accomplished skill. Drawing trains the eyes. Practising drawing trains percepion to a high degree and sets the foundation for painting - that is working with color. Not until the student has mastered perception of form, he is able to switch to color.
I second Bjoern. Nothing, nothing, nothing, has helped me more than just straight up drawing. Getting form and values down will help soooo so much!! I'm not even super awesome at drawing, but I know that it has helped me so much in almost every other area.
I suggest sticking to that for a while longer before you give in to that eager side that just wants to paint awesome junk.
It's just I don't want to be 'missing out' on anything.
Not married are you?
Oils tend to be the easiest medium for beginning because they are so forgiving and flexible in application. Watercolor tends to be the most difficult because it is transparent and you better know how to compose, draw and understand values - you only get one shot.
Here's the thing though, the medium dosn't matter...it all comes down to a solid undertanding of the fundamentals. Most artists, by the time they've developed some skills have a good handle on half a dozen media....and can easily pick up new media and tools because they understand the fundamentals.
What would Caravaggio do?
I think oils would be easy to start with, but they are very different from watercolour.
Think of oils as the girl next door - she's had a crush on you for years, so it would be easy to start a relationship.
However, watercolour is that enigmatic girl in your class you have a crush on that you know nothing about and constantly surprises you even when you think you do.
Watercolours are harder than they seem. I picked up watercolours first myself, thinking "Meh, what could be so hard?" and they kicked my ass.
Oils are very forgiving, and mistakes are easily repaired.
Watercolour is like
HEY MADE A MISTAKE
WHY DON'T I BLEED AND MAKE IT WORSE
OH YOU WANT WATER
LET ME GIVE YOU COLOUR IN ALL OF THE WATER
OH YOU DON'T WANT COLOUR THERE
LET ME PUT IT THERE
They're fickly xD
So if i were you i'd start with oils xD
But, as JeffX99 said, if you know the fundamentals, you'll easily sway into things with most mediums
When I first started I only painted small and as I got to know how to use my medium I advanced to creating larger paintings.
Also the paints will react differently depending on what your painting on. My first were all on paper and the first canvas I done was awful.
Anyway good luck when you do start, it can be very rewarding.
I'll just add that acrylics tend to dry a different value than they are when wet, so once an area is dry if you need to colormatch an area it's a real pain. On the plus side the new golden paints have a longer drying time, and you can do fun watercolor effects without worrying about dry colors muddying up what you lay over them.