I'm trying to get the hang of digital painting, but I'm having a lot of trouble when it comes to color. I'm pretty comfortable with most aspects of what should go into the painting, tone, composition, line work. but I guess in the past I only studied monotone mediums like charcoal, ink, and pencil, when it comes to color I'm clueless.
does anyone have any advice about what really helped them understand painting or specifically color theory? What would be a good study path to take, ideally I would like to be able to start a painting by jumping straight into painting without relying on a lineart or value work. Sometimes I come across tutorials or speed paints where people start from line work, then add value then do color pass, which is totally valid, but goes show there are even a lot of professionals who aren't comfortable putting down color. (I would describe it as the difference between painting a picture and adding color to piece.) I can do this fine when I'm working from life or reference, but only in an academic sense of reproducing what I see.
I tend to be comfortable once I figure how what I should be focusing on. For me gesture drawing clicked when I figured out: "your not drawing the exact pose, but the gesture of the pose, that's why gesture drawing don't have exacting details. " Tonal drawing also clicked when someone told me : "you're not copying the exact tone that you see, you are drawing the contrast between the tones." So what would you say the color equivalent to these epiphanies should be?
What do you feel helped you get comfortable putting color down? If you are comfortable painting, what would you say helped you most in studying?
Whats a good regiment to use while learning? Should I be trying to do quick color studies, should I do master studies, should I start with linework to focus only on getting the color right. Any advice would be much appreciated.