To get started, let's just take a gander at her finished project using Power Poppy's Berry It digital stamp set. Try not to let your jaw hit the floor please. It hurts. Don't ask me how I know.
Take it away, Amy!
Tip 2: Real life is often far more interesting than your imagination. If you asked me to "color some blackberries", I'd likely color them all the same. But with a photo reference, I find a wild assortment of colors. References don't just help you color with realism, they also keep you from defaulting to boring assumptions.
Tip 3: Highlights are not as white as you think! Real highlights are usually a few shades lighter than the base color (called the local color). I caution students not to over-highlight their objects and that doesn't just mean adding too much highlight, it also means using a color that is too white.
Tip 4: "Color Kissing" is my term for sharing colors from one object to another. The green leaves get a kiss of red and violet, the berries get kisses of green... color kissing adds cohesiveness but it also adds an artistic flair.
Meantime, I'll see you back here tomorrow when we throw up some more Creative Confetti to get that mojo a flowing with a fun new weekly challenge! Remember, if your name is randomly drawn at the end of the month, you win a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop. Enter as many times as you like as well to up your chances...