Traditional painters, I salute you. I don't know how you do it. Witchcraft? Years training under the tutelage of a painting master? I haven't the foggiest, but I respect you nonetheless.
This is a drawing class (yes, drawing even though we're painting now) assignment that I've yet to turn in. The assignment was to find a reference photo in black and white and then do our best to convert it to color. I was really lost on this assignment in just about every step of the process. Picking a subject was the easiest part. Cuttlefish are pretty cool little creatures; I used to want one as a pet when I was younger. But the painting itself? I had no idea. I did a stippling/pointillism/whatever you'd like to call it to shade simply because I have NO idea how you're supposed to shade with painting, and I was far too impatient to wait for layers of paint to dry. This let me pile up a crapload of paint on the brush, and just go crazy on it. While it was kinda fun, I doubt I'll be painting outside of class again. It's just not my favored art process. Oh well.