I HAVE FINALLY FIGURED OUT DIGITAL PAINTING AUGH
I HAVE BEEN DOING IT WRONG THIS WHOLE TIME
To be fair, this is not something I ever learned in school; my classes focused on animation and concept sketches, not painting. I'm actually kinda embarrassed about how long it's taken me to figure out how to make painting not a terrible pain.
But here's the secret: underpainting. Put down the big color underneath your sketch so you don't lose the shapes and details of your image. Then, paint further on top of the drawing, and you'll actually be able to see what you're doing and not lose any important information from the sketch! No wonder my previous paintings always turned out blobby and wonky and took way too long.
I decided to see if I could make use of this technique in openCanvas, and
this happened! I feel like it looks sooooo much better than any past painting I have ever done, and it was much more fun, too!
I feel awfully silly for taking this long to discover this, but the important part is that I figured it out, right? :)
(I guess I can't get enough of "Shadow Play" Terra being epic. I feel like that story is really where she starts to come in to her own. And gets a magic sword. Gotta celebrate the magic sword!)