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    Critique - digital figure painting

    Been working on this pic of Jack from Mass Effect for a little bit. Building forms/layers is a bit of a struggle for me, and Jack is no different. Specifically,the ribs/torso area is where I have been struggling the most. Any thoughts as to how I can make it look less like it is caving in would be appreciated!

    I also wouldn't turn away any other suggestions, but my main issue is the ribs and abdomen.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Right. Okay. Quick Google search tells me Jack is a woman, so that's okay.

    The stomach looks sunken because it's in shadow, but I'm not sure that's wrong for the pose. The one comment I'd make -- that sort of sharply defined six-pack makes me think gym bodies. It takes a nautilus machine to target muscle groups that precisely. People who get their muscles from kicking all kinds of ass have abdominal muscles that blend a bit more. But that's kind of a personal pet peeve of mine, so feel free to ignore.

    I like the way your linework is working here, and the subtle highlights on her thighs.

    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
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    Looking at my reference pics, a lot of them are really muscular women. Its like a switch I can't turn off.
    Its also looking like the ribs maybe aren't coming down quite far enough, and I think the arch on them is too wide.
    But must sleep now. Will make changes, and post. Thank you.

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    I think the problem with her abdomen is that it's not being lit correctly. You need to use indirect lighting to highlight those muscles, otherwise it would just appear dark and unlit. If you try to fudge it with it a phantom light-source, it is going to look awkward when you have a clear dominant light source over her head.

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    Woohaa, your underlighting is awesome! I definitely need to step back and reassess my lighting, once I get the structure back in order. Thank you.

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