I have hard problems in layering my shading to finish the final shape,
and creating a realistic texture. Im using Painter12 and draw a bit with Pencils,
tried Acrylics before and like more to paint digitally with a Wacom.
The same problem appears to me on paper and with pencils.
Whenever i sketch i draw lines and think about where the light comes from
and where shadows/tones should be. I use references to study and just do not understand
how these shadings are built up to form the final shape. Yea i have and read books,
watched tutorials and else, but something is still a mystery for me.
By observing others i noticed that even in their first stage
of painting they are blocking shapes up which fit on the spot, just clean up and detailing
is needed. Whenever i try on the first stage to be scribbly and unclean i feel like
losing the idea of how the final shading will look like.
Im using a midtone in my palette to start from and to build light up and down from there,
by painting a higher or darker tone.
This works for me on big and smaller shapes but only when they are clean and finished shapes.
As i notice the layering of the light and shadows fit to the beginning shape. Meaning i tend
to support the shapes starting form by shading it about like in the same direction the
basic shape already has, i feel like being bound to the basic shape, because its too isolated.
When applying this to more complex shapes, ie. a rock or the iris of an eye my brushstrokes do
not lead somewhere.
I often read about "pictures in pictures", where more complex shapes are built up, to create texture.
I ask myself then how do i paint these, when the texture is chaotic and do not have a clean form/direction
(which i take from the basic shape).
As mentioned before, on tutorials i watched that most of the artists start by layering brushstrokes
with a low to middle opacity, to block out the shape. How are they sure what to blend together and
where to keep sharp edges, when those brushstrokes all have a sharp edge, or overlapping each other
with their opacities?! Do they switch their brushstroke direction in relation to something?
On what do they orientate? Is that just a matter of style? I think an artist has to know where
to put which
I do not use preserved layers and paint on the canvas, because i feel its even more setting
the starting shape into stone. I currently only use the Airbrush with 10-100% Opacity.