I'm new to watercolors and I'd love some advice on how to use them. I'm having trouble mixing colors and it shows. I try to get different hues, but they all end up the same in the end. I'd love to make the colors pop out more but It's hard. I'm new to color. up till now I've only worked with graphite pencils so I'm used to being able to make different tones just by pressing harder on the pencil. Any advice on mixing colors?
I also tried out oil paints this is my first attempt:
It's drawn from life and there were 2 light sources (which flattened out things a bit). The perspective is off because I didn't really pay attention to it (yup the phone sucks a lot). I was just trying out the new paints. It has the same problems with color as my watercolor painting. It just looks boring. I'm also not sure how to push the paint around. Do you follow the shapes just like when you're drawing? I don't think I'll be using oil paint again because it dries too slow so I'll be switching over to acrylics but I guess they act the same mostly so it doesn't really matter at this early stage.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope someone can give me some advice on these 2 mediums.