@evodog wooo boooy hearing someone say my sketches look good is sure a new one.
like my sketches for the most part, aren’t what you see here since BOY HOWDY THEY CAN BE BAD. since I paint (usually) I don’t tend to spend a whole lot of time detailing sketches, all i try to do is get the general proportions and parts in the correct places. the programs i tend to use though are paint tool sai and photoshop for the most part i use sai for commissions.
this shit is like the most basic baaasic sketch other than a stick figure that i tend to give when starting up a commission. just something to get anatomy shapes and posing.
after that isn’t much different. just when I get approval, then I move onto adding character details or whatever i’ll need as a guide for painting.
I should say, when I paint for myself, It all depends on how i feel.
base colors are a fuckin mess for me. sorry i picked a dark pic for this example. essentially i just throw about colors i want and general shading. nothing very detailed or defined at all. the goal is just so the feel of the colors is generally there that i want. to me this is the best way to get a painterly feel from your over-painting, since then you don’t mind really destroying the under sketch or base colors.
i’ll usually also add layers of overlay to help pop a certain color if i feel it’s needed, then just start painting on a new layer to blend it in more.
semi finished piece that i then brightened quite a bit after both i and the commissioner agreed on it. detailing isn’t really something i can explain, it just requires practice. stubborn determination is always a good way to deal with it.
finished piece before color correction. has some added details and generally more full of life to go better with what the commissioner wanted. the whole process is generally a lot of slow building up to get what i want. lots of eyedropper tooling and such. you can use “painting” brushes in photoshop to add more grit, but it’s not really a NEED.
my rules on art is, there are no rules. if you see a shortcut or a way to correct something easily, just take it. don’t make life harder on yourself because someone else does something a different way. your learning process is your own.
idk if this was helpful at all. explaining this stuff is always super hard for me since it’s so much of just trial and error.
as far as painting sketches i hope this covered that? since i’m not sure what you were meaning.