Greetings everyone, I am fairly new to the website but I am in love...there are so many years of content here and it's wonderful(and inspiring) to see how people are evolving as artists /tear
Anyhow! I am struggling with color!!!
In a major way, an overall choice of my shadows and highlights is where my logic falls short..and most abruptly. I have BASIC color theory circling in my head, however every time I run into a shadow/highlight I have a hard time discerning where I should be picking my colors from. The problem runs deeper than this though, I have a tough time making decisions about the reflective qualities of the subject/object. Regardless of how reflective their outer layer is, I cannot seem to find a nice balance to properly make it look like the subject/object is..where it is.
Secondly, I have a very difficult time picking my colors in Photoshop, for instance when I draw an apple...every damn "red" I seem to pick is either far to mute or saturated for my intentions. I cannot seem to create realistic values in photoshop! Everything looks like it's be painted and then masked with some ugly filter.
As for books, I do own Alla Prima by Richard Schmid..but I don't feel that I have taken too much from this one. I will also be receiving(hopefully today) The New Munsell Student Color Set (2nd Edition) by Jim Long - this book I am really looking forward to as I feel like it'll address some of my more elementary issues and more immediately.
But WHAT ELSE! What else should I be doing to active work on these problems? Painting endless spheres, cones and cubes and adding light to them? Obviously, anything will help me improve but I enjoy being efficient- thus my posting here.
So please, if you've any recommendations, other than books(ha!) I would love to hear them and hopefully I can have my color work start catching up to my B&W