Wow! What an improvement! You've really improved in comparison to the other two. I like the coloring on this much better, and I think this style is more flattering because it's what you actually look like. What I mean is, it's a whole lot closer to your actual appearance than the other links you provided. I always take cartoon-ish self portraits with a grain of salt, since it's inevitable that some features will be stylised. The eyes in this picture, however, look a little flat. I'm not the best person to answer how to improve it - I don't consider myself educated enough or experienced enough to really identify exactly what needs improvement and how to go about doing so. Also, I personally think a little stronger highlighting on the glasses would make them seem more "glassy" and reflective. (yes, I use wonderfully technical terms XD). I love the dynamic shading! The touches of green on the cheek and chin really do a wonderful job of showing the light reflecting off your enviroment, which really shows how well thought out this piece is (ie you didn't slap on a BG last minute). I think it also shows a level of elegance and expertise since keeping that lighting in consideration is often neglected (I believe this mostly because I always forget it myself). Overall, a splendid improvement, and I think you've done a great job.
Thank you for the wonderful critique! It's so rare that people actually comment on my stuff O_O This was my first real digital painting done from life, so I think I got a little nervous and relied too much on what I saw rather than on what eyes and glass actually look like. I think figure painting should be a balance of knowledge and observation, and I kinda failed on the knowledge portion here xD I should really redo this piece..
Ahaha, no problem! It's the same for me, except probably even rarer since I'm sure you get more traffic than I do. But I think it's very important to rely on what you see! It's not necessarily always a good thing to throw in some knowledge if that knowledge doesn't suit the situation. Like, it would be a mistake to make your glasses super-shiny if the glasses being observed were actually dirty/in dim lighting/other factors that would decrease glossiness. In general, though, I definitely agree that knowledge + observation = ultimate powa in figure painting.
I think this piece is nice as it is - redoing it would be like beating a dead horse. Maybe doing another self-portrait to show improvement would be a good idea, like this one is in comparison to your previous ones?
Lovely, lovely lighting. That's the OTHER thing I really admire in other artists - the ability to handle complex lighting and tones - love the way the light hits your neck and jawline, and the yellows and blues in the skintone. Very subtle and very accurate - and something I'm deeply jealous of! XD
Seriously? I'm becoming increasingly jealous of your skills(mostly inspired though ;3). When I first saw you, I saw adorable, cartoony works. Now I still see adorable cartoony things, but in addition there are lovely realisms and beautiful paintings. ;_;
This is my favorite piece by you, I think. The lighting is so appealing, the strokes are awesome, and I'm starting to see a certain type of color palette show up in your style as well (such a lovely one, at that). The way you paint is just so delicious. I could eat it all up! <3
Well, I'll try to crit to the best o' ma ability, here goes:
So far, out of the three, this is deffo your most realistic and accomplished so far It's got a real nice feel to it, the tones are very nice and ditto with the colours. I have no idea how to even start going about digital painting and such, so double thumbs up in that department :3
I think it's really nice how you've got a kinda 'underpainting' feel to the skin: I can see greens, yellows, reds and even smallish hints of blue which makes skin oh so interesting! The lighting is swish too, the way it highlights bits of your hair and jawline. The range of tone is quite nice too, not too contrasting but still the shadows look good n deep.
Not knowing what you look like or anything, I can't really comment on the likeness (unless you feel like posting up a snapshot? ) but everything looks good proportionally. Maybe the glasses lens on the right could break up the line from your cheek to your temple a bit more? That's what mine do, but then again, my glasses are unholy strong =]
maybe you could work on making that top lip look a bit more 3d? I unno, it looks kinda flat compard to the jawline and nose and such, but it's only a minor niggle.
Didja do this from a photo, or from looking in a mirror? Either way, I'm impressed. S'good. =] My self portraits always fail and I make myself look middle-aged...*shakes head*
I read your recent journal entry about the critiquing on your self portrait...
Mainly, I would say highlights, highlights, and more highlights since you've got two light sources. You could probably add more highlights and detailing on the hair, especially on the left side as well as the lips. You should soften the crease between the lower lips and chin to lessen the look of "cubism." The neck looks like it's been roughly carved, so smoothen it out a little bit. Other than that, I think it's a wonderful portrait. Great job.
Well, the glasses would make the skin underneath them move outward slightly (i.e. the skin would move away from the centre of your face, as if it were magnified.)
There should be a highlight hotspot on the bridge of your nose, especially at the round point of the tip. Also, introduce some of that secondary light you have from the lower left into the nose area.
Maybe define the planar change from the side of your face to the ear a bit more, and add some variation within the mass of your hair (it would still have highlights and shadows up there, though maybe not as definied.)
The last thing that's bothering me is the cast shadow on the upper right portion of your forehead. Perhaps that's the way it looked in your reference, but the way you have it now makes it look almost like a scar. I'd say it might be unnecessary; try taking it out and see if the composition works without it. I suspect it might, but I could be wrong about that.
Take a little bit of light off the left side of your neck; that lighted edge is a bit too broad and it looks like a flat white line rather than a rounded edge.
Erm... that's all for now. I don't know how much my observations are worth but at least I can say I tried. Good luck, Li!
aaah GH mongo to the rescue! ^^
The nose has been done and redone over and over again, I take the highlight in, I take it out, in, out, and it's all muddy now...
That cast shadow was there when I originally posed in the mirror, and it's night time now so I can't check to see what's up with it.. You're right, it does look really weird, especially since I changed the bangs around a little. I'll see what I can do with that.
I'm intentionally keeping the hair simplified to put the emphasis on the face, but I can add some basic highlights to the back, it might help. It does kinda look helmet-like..
Also, thanks for the advice about the neck! I was wondering what was weird in that area..
I really love the green and purple tones you used, until I started working on a portrait of someone in earnest (about 5 hours ago -_-) I never appreciated the fact that "Pinky" and "Orangey" just don't friggin' cut it!
Very pretty anyway. :3
PS. I'm getting new glasses soon, and they shall be ALMOST rivalling yours. Almost. They have sparkles on 'em. ;_;