I decided to take this class before "the light and color"(that you have suggested).
Better start with basics, right?
In addition, all 3 assignments were very interesting to do.
1 - blending
2 - the study (from the painting of Edward Hopper)
the comparison with the original:
3 - the character illustration
My thoughts on the process:
The study took me a very long time. I was spending 1/2-1 hour per day painting and observing Hopper's piece, and the more time I spent, the more nuances I was able to see. On the whole, I spent ~4 hours on it. It was very helpful, I have learned a lot about colors. Actually, before I started, I have thought that it was an easy piece to copy. But it was not!!! Each color (skin, walls, etc ) was complex and rather impossible to understand (for me, at least).
The character illustration - it was also hard (life is hard!). My personal struggle is that I do not understand the light properly, so I have no idea where to put shadows. I did not want to paint them because of it. I stopped for a while after drawing and coloring my illustration (in flat colors). It was really discouraging. Finally, I have gathered all my will and just put shadows randomly. Photo references are kind of helpful, but they are overcomplex to use for stylization. At the end, I am glad that I did all the assignments, that I have some results! Hooray!
Thanks for the class!! I like your small jokes throughout videos!