This is going to be my first post here, and I'm pretty shy about it because I've been wanting to work up the guts to join for a long time, and finally did today. I want some really honest critique, and since I don't get much of it from Deviantart I figured here is a good as place as any to start.

This is a recent painting I finished. I'm mostly wanting critique about the coloring. It's bothering me that every painting I do looks like I attacked it with the dodge and burn tool in Photoshop, which is not the case. I don't intend to do it, but it looks really bad and I'm not really sure how to break this nasty habit. Any suggestions to make the skin look more natural? Any other critiques welcome as well.

Pirate looking for extensive critique!