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    The best way to learn

    The best way to learn is to practice. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. I draw a lot of cartoons, but I've always wanted to learn how to paint. I figured I should start out in black and white and once I master that, move to color. Is there any advice you can give me.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rad
    The best way to learn is to practice. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. I draw a lot of cartoons, but I've always wanted to learn how to paint. I figured I should start out in black and white and once I master that, move to color. Is there any advice you can give me.
    1- I would like to comment that if this is truly your attitude and approach I am predicting good things for you in the future.

    couple quick comments on this- use the negative space to check things, compare the space in the pic to yours and you can see where the hand you have done is far too large.
    Similarily you can see where you have widened the head too much on our right.

    Check out the thread in the Photoshop forum on coloring in photoshop. Quite valuable. It also focuses on starting off on easier still life type of stuff.

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    Some things I've heard: Trust what you see with your own eyes first, then use construction, depends on what you're practicing though. Squint your eyes and you'll see the values are off in several areas. Do real material painting too. When you start painting with color keep your palette simple:white, black(optional), 2 blues, 2 reds, 2 yellows. This is explained in "Blue an Yellow Don't Make Green", basically has to do with how pigments reflect light.

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