I've recently started to paint on real media, using acrylics. I have real-media experience only with colour pencils and pen/ink stuff, and some pastels. I have done a lot in painter the last months learning about color and such.
I'm now working with acrylics on both paper and MDF, but i SUCK! So i need to practice and get better. However it's discouraging and i'm temped to get back in my computer ;-)
What i would like to know is, how to translate skills from painter into the real world. I mean, which techniques can be translated and which cannot?
In painter i like to
- mix on the work (i.e. colorpick)
- use very low opacity brushes to work over the picture
- work from dark to light (which is not very traditional i think)
- work from back to foreground
- work with basic large shapes first then more details later
As i have found that mixing colors on a palette is difficult i now plan to use monochromes first. (B&W and other color ranges)
I'm not sure about the other 'techniques' -- i have a tendency to use very opaque paint in real media which i don't want. But that conflicts with dark-to-light.
Please help me out here!