First of all, I hope I inserted the file correctly...
Anyway, hello! I'm new here, fresh from DeviantART. About ten years ago, I started drawing...Manga. Not just manga. Really, really terrible manga. And I drew that for much too long before realizing that I should learn how to draw properly before branching off into anything stylized, so now I'm starting over from scratch. The thing I'm currently struggling most with is faces, and I'd love to get some critique on this drawing, which is the closest I've gotten to realism in a while.
To be honest, I'm more than a little intimidated by this whole site. I've lurked around for a little while before making an account, and I've seen some incredibly amazing work here that I know I won't be able to compare with for many many years. However, people seem really nice, so I'm going to give it a shot; I'm pretty desperate for critique that isn't either "lol cute" or a flame.
To the point: This drawing is from a little while back, and looking at it again, I can see a lot of things wrong with it. Most obviously, the mouth is too narrow and something's wrong with the chin. The shape of the neck is weird, almost upside down, something that I'm currently working on improving in general. The hair was supposed to look messy, but it just looks sloppy, and of course there's the classic "the other eye won't look right, I'll hide it with hair!"
And here comes my problem: Even though I can see a lot of things wrong with this, I don't know what to do to improve it. For instance, I've tried drawing wider mouths, but they just come off as wonky and too wide. I still can't draw symmetrical eyes to safe my life. So how do I improve these things? Is there anything else that sticks out and looks off? Any particularly good tutorials for realistic faces? Any help is greatly appreciated (:
Sorry for the long post, just wanted to explain myself a little first. The point is that I want to get away from the manga and into the realism and I'm not sure how to do that properly.