Thank you, @carols_mess , @jmiguel.hdez, and @yuushin7! I really appreciate the critiques and the time you took to give them!
I've tried the color layer before, Carolina, but for some reason it seemed to make the colors I put in more saturated than I intended. Maybe it's just my imagination or something wrong with the program, but is that actually a thing? If you don't mind my asking, what's the difference between Color and Overlay? I was under the impression that Overlay made things darker.
@jmiguel.hdez, no, unfortunately I am not using Krita. I tried it a little while ago and it didn't work with my iPad Pro through the app called Astropad (which would have made my iPad Pro a tablet), so I couldn't use it because I don't have a tablet . Basically, I paint everything an iPad app called Procreate which is exclusive for iPad. So unless you have an iPad, you probably won't know anything about it. So that's a disadvantage for me.
Thank you, Gordana! I use Procreate on my iPad. It's a pretty good program; maybe there's a similar feature to what you're saying, I'll watch the video and see.
I'm going for a moody, lonely feel. It's a watchtower set in a desolate, cold mountain pass guarding the way to a wasteland or something idk, that sort of feeling. Thanks for the gif, it saved me X minutes of my life that I can use for painting now . Yeah... I don't seem to be very good at defining a light source. I think the main one was supposed to be the sun which was close to setting in the upper right hand corner, somewhere around there. But it's not really visible due to all the fog and clouds. Does that make more sense? It is supposed to be daytime and foggy and overcast. So yeah, I guess I'll keep most of it gray, or at least very de-saturated except for the fire. I was thinking that it would be mostly gray with tints of blueish hue, and the fire would have a red-orange-yellow glow.
So, I guess that last bit is that I should try to keep darker areas more saturated and lighter areas a little less saturated? Not totally sure what you meant by that, but my assumption was that you were referring to color shifting. From what Tim did in that live stream where he colored a grayscale painting, it seemed like he did his color layer and laid down the colors and then went back over it and corrected the shadows by making them more saturated so that they didn't look muddy. Is that the idea?
Thanks, everybody, for your feedback! If you or anybody else still have/has any thoughts, any critiques are welcome! I'll be working on this and probably do another study sometime soon.