Hey fellow artists! I'm a little new to photoshop and the painting world, so I was just wondering if anyone had any tips and suggestions about what ways I can best practice to develop my colour theory skills and painting skills (preferably photoshop) in painting in general!
What helped me a lot (and I am new to painting as you are) was to mix all of my colors using red yellow and blue. It really helped me understand how colors worked with each other as well as chroma and value changes with these. It'll definitely help you understand all about color theory.
The way how I learned was by color picking faces, environments, cars and objects and seeing how the lighting affects the over all pallet... Then comes understanding the form of the object with the lighting.
As always, look at reference and do some film studies to get better/make your paintings better.
I wish you the best!
I would check out the Digital painting Techniques and Digital Art Masters books. I own 3 of them and I love having them around to look and read through on occasion. The art in them is fantastic. While I can say I didn't learn much from the techniques book It has shown me alot about how brushes in photoshop work. Also it shows you lots of other artist's processes of working which I've had a lot of fun playing with and adding them to my own way that I do things.
Depends on your goals and what you want to paint. If you want to actually learn how to paint, use paint. If you want to understand environements - go outside and paint them. If you are interested in figure/character - draw and paint the model/people from life. If you want to understand form, light and composition still life is a good place to start.
If you can do that in Photoshop go for it...you still won't develop the hand/eye skills and sensitivity with drawing and painting materials that traditional media develops, but that's up to you if you are willing to make that sacrifice.