Okay, so I'm new here (Hi!) and joined because I've heard from a lot of other artists that it's a motivating place to work on art at. My girlfriend's birthday is on the 19th, and I'm doing a portrait of her as a gift seen as I'm penniless.
However... it's not coming out so well. Because I'm a dog-obsessed idiot, I've mostly only drawn dogs in the past and so I haven't developed a style for people. I don't want it to be a completely realistic carbon copy. This is my sixth attempt at shading this portrait as well as with anatomy, and for putting 5+ hours into it I haven't gotten very far.
I've been trying for a style similar to Depingo's but it isn't coming out how I'd like it.
I'm working at a resolution of 300 dpi at 1700x2240 in paint tool SAI.
All tips and critiques are appreciated!
This is what I have so far: