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    Is she holding her arm with her left hand, or is it just there to cover her breasts?
    If she's supposed to hold her arm, the hand is not even touching it, and if it's there to cover the breasts, it looks awkward as she's a mermaid that probably doesn't wear any bra's normally so it looks bit too "conveniently shy" for the sake of PG and stiff as her palm/hand is not relaxed yet touching nothing and her upper arm looks much more shorter than her right upper arm.

    The tail currently creates a tangent with the rock, and makes it unclear where the other half of her tail fin is. And the other eye is greatly larger as the other.
    Also as we're at least at her eye level, the horizon could be bit higher.

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    You could alwasy try referencing the little mermaid statue in copenhagen, she has a good pose that you could adapt, just a thought

    just do an image search on "little mermaid copenhagen" loads come up

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    rhRA FOOS D

    oh wow, i cant spell XD

    thats some good feedback, thankks, most appreciated



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    Any reasons the shadows are dark-blue?
    I think they should be dark-organge or whatever is further down in the colour palette of the skin-colour you picked.

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    its clear my comprehension of color theory is fataly flawed
    this is what you get when your not formally taught stuff like this
    and try to learn stuff on your own -_- T_T

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    No, I think the shadows should be somewhat blue because of all the blue light from the sky, it shouldn't be completely blue though.

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    Also the water is going to reflect some light to the shadowed area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eptigo View Post
    its clear my comprehension of color theory is fataly flawed
    this is what you get when your not formally taught stuff like this
    and try to learn stuff on your own -_- T_T
    aww heads up, just look at how well you drew this, that you show understanding of form and not just outline- I like it. I'd recommend starting a sketchbook here, especially when you are a self-taught person (like me).

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    Quote Originally Posted by eptigo View Post
    its clear my comprehension of color theory is fataly flawed
    this is what you get when your not formally taught stuff like this
    and try to learn stuff on your own -_- T_T

    Color theory can become quite complicated and confusing, but it is merely one part of the many things that make an image successful. I would urge you to study value and shape more thoroughly before you tackle color. If your shapes are well drawn and your values are correct, then it almost doesn't matter what colors you use. Spend some time making a careful line drawing with all the elements of your composition, then render it in grays using about five different values. Saving your lightest lights and darkest darks for your area of interest. Try to make all your marks deliberate. Scribbling too much can lead to a "mushy" image.
    I did a re-draw of your image in gray tones to illustrate my point. Once all your values and relationships are established, it is just a matter of collecting some good reference and refining the drawing until you reach the desired level of finish. Hope this helps.

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    Shadows usually have a fairly low level of saturation, e.g. a sort of gray-ish blue rather than the bright blue you currently have.

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    a person in another post suggested not touching color or tone and just sticking to line art and structure for now
    feels like im getting nowhere - artistic frustration

    how do you set up a signature on this forum so when you post consistant information is provided at the bottom?

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    Frustration is understandable. All of us have gone through that. Do not let it be a stumbling block to your progress. Draw more from life, observe and record what you see. stick to line and tone, color will follow in its own time. do not give up. Good drawing is very much a labor of love.

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    hmmm ... guess i should just stick to tone for a while

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    Unhappy mermaid v5-6

    recieved a few critics about the facial expression and the over all composition being kind of empty and depressed

    so i figured id try tweeking it a bit, the more stuff i add in here more risk i have of getting tangents and stuff





    hmmm ... maybe i can tweek the body pose a bit to reflect her facial expression

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