Last night I started messing about in a paintchat. Somehow I got the bright idea - "Lets try lighting from below! But.. let's not use a reference! And lets not use a tablet!" Later I copied this picture over from the paintchat and put it into Photoshop. I worked on it a bit longer, screwing with everything possible (See the ear? She was an elf. Eek.)
I think it came out decent. Could use a bit more polishing, as always, but I saw to many problems with it to want to finish finish it. What problems do YOU see? I'm looking for any critique at all! But a comment on the features and most especially the sad attempt at lighting would be much appreciated.
Note: I'm 18, never had any training. So don't be to terribly mean, please. o.o
First of all, as you no doubt realize, tackling an unfamiliar and/or tricky subject without reference is asking for trouble. To do this, you need to be able to conceptualize the planes of the head, and how their shape and angle relates to the hypothetical position of your light source. It's much easier to make something like this up if you have the experience of having actually observed it numerous times. Attachment 733777
Don't go by what I did, try to gather as many pieces of ref as you can and see what the common elements are.
A note about planes: when working form life or reference, we paint the planes from the light, when working from our heads, we paint the light from the planes.