Thank you! Yes this is how I usually paint. I always start with some thumbnail sketches, then define a bit more the one I like and then start adding color Cx Sometimes I don't add the photo texture at the end. But usually it follows the same thumbnail first and going from general shapes to specific pattern.
Yeah I desaturated the colors in this one because I thought it would look much better, it depends on what look I'm trying to achieve at the time.
And yes, a random photo, it doesn't matter about what it is because you can't really see the subject, it can be of anything. Try it out with one of your paintings to see what I mean. You just put the photograph in a new layer so it covers all your painting and set it to 'overlay' or 'soft light' (whichever looks best to you) and then lower the opacity to like 5% or so (also depends on what looks best to you) and you'll see that it would give you some random texture to your painting.
I did this because I thought the painting before was too smooth (digital art I find is usually really smooth because of the brushes and blending) but I like a more textured look, as if it was made on textured paper
I see what you mean, okay ! That's very instructive. Yeah, that's what I don't like on my painting, too smooth. Even for silly drawings like mine x) but as I'm discouraged I always forget to add a texture in the end. I have lots of textures on my computer, I just forget v_v
oh noe, don't be discouraged! Keep practicing, never give up! Because I also want to get better I always practice painting from observation using watercolor or gouache. It really helps at getting better at painting digitally! Also there is this website called Cghub.com were people post their practices on sketchbook threads, so you can get ideas on what to practice there too! It's very inspiring.