I've been spending a substantial amount of my free time playing around in Painter, trying to get a feel for digital painting, since I'm really not very good. I'm a sketch artist, and usually work in charcoal, so I've got some artistic background; but I don't have much experience with paints.
Now, of about all the different 'mediums' available in Painter, I believe I've come to like the look of oil the best, and as such, I'm trying to lay down a good foundation to learn to use these Artists Oils. I've got some good resources through the forum regarding color theory and such, but its the execution that I seem to lack in...
I've seen some tutorials and such, but I've never been clear on a few things regarding the Brush settings most commonly used:
I've read that to blend, it is best to start laying down the dark values first, and build to the lighter values gradually - and sometimes there is mention of having the brush opacity set a little low.
I've heard about avoiding any smudge tools, but to take advantage of the blender tools (or maybe the blender brushes in the Artist Oils category?)
Those would be my questions, really... For these oils, should I paint at 100% opacity, or something low? How exactly do I blend these colors together? With charcoal, nothing works better for me than my fingers to smooth the gentle transitions of light and dark - but with the oils, how do I smooth things out?
Any tips that don't necessarily pertain to these questions would also be greatly appreciated. I'm new here, but I plan on sticking around and making something of my artwork.