I just want crits...if the piece needs to be redone, just tear me a new one. Just go for it man.
Sorry, I honestly did not understand your posts earlier...luckily Arshes explained things to me by using small words and talking slowly.
Gonna hit the sack now, if you are doing a repaint or anything in PS...I will feel extremely guilty.
Last edited by Star Eater; February 8th, 2013 at 10:57 PM.
Ok, well, first off you need to work on the anatomy.
Her head doesn't seem to be attached to her neck, it's to far over to the left.
There's a weird boob, pectoral/deltoid thing going on.
The ribs seem odd and you're not describing the forms right on it, with that kind of twist you'll get creasing at the edge of the ribs or obliques.
I'd like to see a little more of the oblique before it blends to fish (around the hips)
Biggest one for me - the lighting & background.
Not keen on the blue to black (admittedly that might be the photo) it seems too sudden.
The blue (to me) doesn't read well with the rest of the image (I know her torso is blue) but tonally you lose parts of the torso when I think you should be bringing it out.
She doesn't read 'underwater' to me, I think you should mute your warm colours.
Actually I did a massive repaint for you (you know me) though the saturation is off somehow (messed something up) so her highlights are to high and a bit blasted.
I'm not saying do it like this - this is just my interpretation, hope it helps.
With a massive slice of Iain McCaig' mermaid (spectrum 20 cover)
I think you don't need to redo the piece, I think it is beautiful, but, at the same time, it does not seems close to be finished. If you want to make something realistic as Boris Vallejo or Luis Royo, I think you already know you have to muck work to do about lightning and shadowing and work more in minor details to detach the mermaid. There are some parts of her body that has an effect more similar to the use of watercolours than oils. In my case, I don't like this kind of effect with oils, but, may be it is your intention.
If I was you, I would add some elements of the submarine behaviour, like this reference from Lumis.