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    Yep, looks a lot more like you now. I was going to suggest you take in the jawline a little but it appears you've already done that. Now I think just sharpening up the shadowed areas would be a good idea to give the thing more volume. c:

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    I think this is mainly tough for people to critique on because we dont have a photo of you that is the same angle and content of your image. you should have one for reference. if you are making stuff up then you will be off in a big way. Trying to do a side portrait based on a front image and being accurate would be very very tough.

    edit/ I took the last image you had done and reworked it into a more finished portrait. I had to do this based on your front profile image so it was a fun challenge, i think I made your neck too long, but otherwise I hope it looks like you.

    The first thing I did was flip the image. I did that to be able to look at it in a new way. Then I reoriented it and started adjusting the skin color. You made your skin very tanned which doesnt look right compared to the image. I chose colors that were the same as the image, this was to get it to look similar. Then I used the liquefy tool to move parts around till they had the right proportion, mixed with painting. The trick really is to start simply. Yours starts out very details, like your trying to put in painterly details. The truth is that painterly details come out as you try to make a clear image. It just depends on the brushes you use. So I softened a lot of the areas and kept working at it.

    I hope it helps.

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    This should make it a bit easier. me about 5min ago.
    using a mirror though to paint :)

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    thats a great reference. the lighting is quite dark but its a good photo for being able to see the shapes of your face. Wouldnt take much to alter what I have to look like you now. I wonder if a mirror is actually harder to work from than a photo. If it is then I suggest you start with the photo.

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    yeah a mirror is defiantly harder. Why I am doing it that way.

    Small update. ill get there eventually =)

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    You're drawing the features, but with no structure, so it bears no resemblance. Here's a collection of links on anatomy/structure of the head:

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...64#post2906664

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    Tas, I agree but !

    Fly, you're drawing things that arent there and not drawing things that are. You really need to do it the other way around.
    Plus you're overmodelling in the shadow; look at yourself with eyes squinted and you'll see a lot of details disappear but it still looks like you. Get the broader shapes of light and shadow correct and it'll be a good self portrait before you render the chaps on your lips.

    Might help:
    http://www.gfxartist.com/features/tutorials/7731

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    MUCH Better!!

    Hey, when i first looked at it, i thought oh no, he has too many wrinkles. But i think you've fixed it well on the second image!

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    right been away for a while practising. Thought its about time I do another one of these see how I am doing.

    First I should probably post the final of the last one...
    And the new so far
    first task working out how to take better photos

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    Just one person shouted Loomis? How come?
    The main problem behind those portraits are not skin tones or color but lack of structure and knowledge of face anatomy. Try to get those down.

    Just one quick critique: Touch the underside of your jaw - how many fingers can you fit between your chin and the beginning of your neck?

    Right now it looks like your neck is directly attached to your chin.

    Edit: Solution to the whole photo thing:
    Laptop/Mac with Photobooth (it has a function that lets you shoot 4 photos within 2 seconds or so).
    Take some photos from your pretty face and draw it from all different perspectives and angles.
    30 small portraits will give you far than trying to paint this portrait until perfection.

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    Remember that likeness to a specific person does not depend so much on the shape of the eyes, mouth and nose and so forth but rather how those feautures align to each other. Measuring the distances between the eyes and the tip of the nose to the lips and so on is how we recognice eachother. And beacuse of that we can see who is who despite all the different facial expressions humans make that changes the shape of the eyes brow and mouth completely.

    So before you start trying to paint the perfect eyes you have to get all the distances and angles right, because if you don't get that right, it will never look like you no matter if the lips are a perfect likeness.

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    Right had a quick fiddle with the neck and chin area. 3/4 fingers..
    Frida that's an interesting point never thought of it like that.

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    quick practice with the planes before I make a mess of everything in real paints...

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