Dunno if people like to see this kind of stuff, so we’ll see how this goes. Feel free to let me know if anyone would like to see more posts like this!
So, this is the main reason it takes me a long time to finish most things, as I’m all about practicing and practicing, trying to completely understand what I’m doing before I move on. For a while I was happy with trying stuff and it accidentally turning out cool; however, I don’t really find that acceptable anymore.
This is some variations numbered in the order that I painted them and mental notes that I made before I tried something else.
For those who can’t read my terrible handwriting, from left to right, top to bottom:
"Painting Practice #1 ‘Winter Widow’ "
"Flats" - Simple flat colours. Helps to establish harmony
"#3 - I like Subtlety, but values won’t hold up"
— meaning, that in a larger image the colours will appear flat and uninteresting, especially if the background is lighter. Despite that, it’s one of my favourites of the group. Possibly adding highlights, I could make the shadows seem darker.
"#1 - I like values, but colours are too muddy"
— So the values ( scale of white to black ) work at range, but the colours themselves are blended poorly, and the palette too earthy. colours appear like mud and no real life in them
"#2 - Better colours, decent values"
— Reads well as an image, colours aren’t too muddy. Overall decent, but not really interesting.
"#4 - Needs more polish, values and colours decent"
— Values are good, colours are a little more natural. Highlights may be too bright, but with some reflected light this will most likely be the closest to the final version.