Here are some urban paintings around the house. I've been playing around with artrage lately, very nice oil simulation there, interesting tool to try things out before going to a canvas, or just to sketch with the ipad in the bagpack!
I find myself systematically blocked at the "simple statement" stage after bloking in values like below. I don't really know how to move past that point to increase realism quality while keeping a loose brushstroke. what do you think would improve the realism in these paintings to achieve a more "stunning" effect? More detail? more value steps? Every time I try to take one of these further by continuing the work, adding details or anything, I end up destroying the painting... I am not seeking for a tight style or overdefined painting...
Any input before I try them on a real canvas?