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March 25th, 2013 #1
Portrait from Photoshop
Hello! My name is Ally and I am pursuing editorial illustration. My portfolio is mostly traditional, flat, children's book like work. I've been wanting to improve my digital skills (since I work mostly flat, my rendering skills have gotten rusty). I appreciate any advice and critiques. Thanks so much.
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It looks basically fine to me...drawing-wise, it's sort of Cubist-looking because you're showing her face from almost a frontal view but you're also showing quite a bit of the side of her head. Her neck also seems a bit stalk-like. You'd do well to find some photo reference for the foreshortening next time.
Otherwise, there's not really that much to critique here--it's a reasonably competent from-your-head rendering of an idealized female head. You might want to try something more ambitious for the next one.
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March 25th, 2013 #3
I agree. A few thoughts, to be taken with a grain of salt as faces are the bane of my existence. *Her* right eye points up quite a bit. Your edges are inconsistent in that they seem randomly placed e.g. lips fuzzy, ears sharp, eyes sharp, her right jaw with a solid line. Ideally sharp edges/lost edges should have a rhythm that tends to lead you to the focal point. Also, her hair is rendered very differently than the rest of her. It's a cool effect but seems more of that flatness you were trying to avoid. Hope that helps.
March 26th, 2013 #4
Pushed the contrast, simplified the neck, added the sternocleidomastoid to the neck, did some minor value adjustments to make the value hierarchy make more sense:
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March 27th, 2013 #5