izzz !!! Great man its really awesome seeing how fast you improve. You produce more complex scenes, and more than 1, your speed development and confidence is visible. The last illustration is really cool, of course there are things in the values that need more work but seeing such scene and the other things you tried [like mix of subjects to force yourself to care about form matters] is something really important and shows that you are on the right track. Keep up the great work!!!
Hey! some new stuff, not very fancy, yesterday I nearly spend 10 hours making tests of sketching etc to try to get more "dynamism" or at least to be able to make my process evolve, well I think I've learned a lot but now I'm starting a new piece on which I'll try to apply all of it, hope it'll go somewhere !
A Sargent study
And an example of the super crap I made yesterday, I hope I'll achieve to apply what I learned with this big bunch of failures ^^
Hey man, looking at your stuff its good to see you doing figure studies and life paintings and stuff going to help out a lot.
I'm going to try to explain something and hopefully it will make sense cause I think its one of the biggest things I see in your work that could be improved just now.
When you paint your lights, any area being hit by that light you tend to give the same value. However lets say half a face and a forearm have caught the light. They cannot be treated the same as they are being hit at different angles and different distances etc so you have to consider what the value from the light will be for each area individually. For example the guy above I would probably give his whole lower half a darken down as the light diffuses and it helps give a focus to his upper half.
The other thing is local values. Right now I feel most of your characters gear or whatnot is of the same local value, use different local values to represent materials and create more aesthetically pleasing patterns and shapes on the canvas.
Like what your doing, keep up the life painting and look for these shifts in light I think that will help the most. Also pay more attention to edges, im sure there will have been more lost edges in that drape you drew.