Color Exercises for the Color novice?
Hello everyone, I'm hoping I'm posting this in the right area. As of late I've been feeling that everything I do in color turns out Bland and boring, and doesn't have the right sensitivity to color that I need as an artist. Are there any exercises I could do to improve my color selecting/usage abilities? Or does this just come with a LOT of practice.
On the same token, while using color I find I have a lot of issues with pushing Value also.
I just finished my first year of Art school, and I know basic principles of color, as well as the different types of Palettes. And I can look at a piece and discern the way they used the colors. But even still I have a really hard time with it. I've been reading a LOT of color books (Color and Light: Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney) and while they've really helped me understand certain lighting types and situation, Understanding and doing are two different things lol. Also, things from Observation I can get the colors fairly spot on, it's only when applying color to things from imagination where things get muddled.
I'm hoping this can be a generic "Help with color thread" for others also.
I'll go ahead and post an example of where I'm at with Color, and the sensitivity I hope to achieve.
A quick Doodle I did mostly to practice with color, I realize there are Anatomical issues as well as brush problems and some color issues with the hair:
The sensitivity I hope to achieve someday:
Thank you ahead of time for any responses!