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Last edited by Raine9657; February 2nd, 2012 at 02:29 PM.
The main issue you have right now is how flat your paintings look.
You don't think outside of the outlines that you're painting in.
You should break up shadow and light into bigger chunks instead of shading inside of outlines.
And it may sound trivial but big differences in value are more important than small differences in value.
Especially in your faces you exaggerate tiny differences in value and forget about the big picture.
You also seem to struggle with perspective quite a bit.
In the library image the book shelves, the floor, the table and the girl all indicate different perspectives. I know Free transform can be tempting to try really difficult perspectives but try to stick to one.
Your studies are in good proportion but also look quite flat.
I hope that helps
Thanks for your advice Xelar, it does help! Yeah, lighting is one of my biggest weak spots.
I've really got to practice resisting the line and trying to achieve that shiny, luminous quality. Lighting, anatomy, and perspective I feel are some of the things I need to work on the most.