Im working on this piece and wanted to try a new style...something a bit looser and more painterly. However, I am still getting the feeling the piece does not look finished and/or is lacking in some way. The face was a challenging angle (perhaps the most challenging of all face angles). any ideas on anatomy, shading, line quality etc would be appreciated to spruce up this piece and polish it off. Thanks!
you need more work on your anatomy and form. Try and get some reference for the pose with the same lighting. When you say you want to work in a looser style it doesn't mean you should give up accuracy. Painting loosley requires more thoughtful approach, since the idea is to laydown passages without over rendering them the way academic painting does.
I would suggest painting with big brushes. Taking pictures of yourself in that angle will be your best reference. And then once you have that next to your drawing, follow the shapes. Don't draw what you think it is, draw how you see it as. Make sense?
thanks guys. I did use a relatively similar reference, I'll post below. I'm going to work on the chin and maybe add more distinctive strokes between colors and shading to emphasize the painterly quality I am going for. I do think the eyes are anatomically correct as well as the nose. any thoughts?
The sternocleidomastoid doesn't pop out when the neck is bent like that. Look at the reference picture, does it look like it's doing that? It recedes into the neck.
thanks for the advice, but i feel the difference between the reference photo and mine is that my character is extremely strained and tense. I also found these references that show definition of that muscle in similar poses.