heyy first of all thank u so much!!
i saw u liked my dhmis computer? I paint a little different each pic tbh and that was was much more textured than i normally do, I have a little tutorial on how I paint here http://tmblr.co/ZAaR-w1cpTM81 (this technique doesnt rly change_ I haven’t drawn a single line art piece now for like 2 years (i mean like proper line art, not just a neat sketch) lmao, but i started with line art so i feel u dw (LIKE IF U WANNA SEE SOME OLD SHIT GO HERE). that picture i just use some heavy texture triangle brushes in Photoshop for here and painted how i normally would, there are lots of free sai texture brushes so you should be able to find an equivalent (for some of my older painting work i did in SAI i just used a flat brush + the normal pen tool) there’s this tutorial here :)
I did a lot of traditional painting w/ oils of real life stuff when i was transitioning between line art + one layer painting bc i was going through my GSCE + A Levels of Fine Art. I would 100% suggest doing observational studies of objects both on a table in front of you (like just pencil and paper) and digitally (colour picking studies + no colour picking studies) This’ll help you understand how shading/shadow + colour works around a 3D form.
in the end tho, its about finding a way that is most comfortable to you, the way i paint in the tutorial linked is just the way i found easiest from transitioning from line art while incorporating my traditional oil techniques (tho i only realised this later) my first attempts at one layer painting still includes a kind of faux line art like this and slowly i was able to get rid of it bc after all real life doesn’t have a line around it u know? it mostly just boils down to time and experimentation and what feels the best for you, there were lots of false attempts and muck ups on the path but i was driven by just doing what i wanted to do and my complete and utter hatred for doing line art :))))) (srsly ppl who do line art like i just take my hat off to so much, i have no patience for it at all)
i kid u not like i mostly started one layer painting bc i hate line arting THAT much