I find it really difficult to draw very tall characters. This is such a promising start that I think it deserves its own post. Also. This grid paper is the best for sketching. I've been meaning to buy more for years now.
Edit: Added the final result. Didn't do a great job on the arms.
Edit edit: Here's another.
Lol, nope. My breakthrough yesterday was a lie. I don't know how color works. Need to read a book or something.
First one, I started with greys, then used an overlay with just that starting green, then wrote down how that original green interacted with the greys. But for some reason I had it in my head that the new greens should just be original hue, original saturation, and the grey's value. So I wrote down what I thought the new colors "should" have been, and shaded with those, then turned it greyscale to compare to the original grey sketch. Dunno. Dunno dunno dunno. The overlay method definitely looks better to me. It's greyscale is the same as the original grey drawing. Which is what I want! But I want to understand why, rather than just using it blindly. It's a verrrryyyyy similar feeling to learning ridiculous math, and running around in circles desperate for some steady ground, and all the while the professor is completely bewildered as to what I'm even trying to accomplish.
More experiments tomorrow, I guess. Though I get the sense that I'm trying to do something that doesn't make sense and can'twork the way I think it should.