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    Fantasy Setting Illustration

    I am currently painting this illustration for my world Genius Loci.
    I have two problems. I'm not sure my lighting is correct - one purplish lightsource for rim lighting from behind, one lightly orange from behind the viewer.
    Secondly, although this is a mere illustration to accompany a text, I fear it might be a tad too boring. Any ideas how to keep the viewer awake?

    I'm using Painter 12 and Photoshop. I referenced a more or less correctly lit photo of myself and made the head in Sculptris.

    Thanks for any help.

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    I'm not bothered by the lack of clear light source. Sometimes you get a soft, eerie quality out of that. Though this illustration might be too soft overall. I'm not sold on the anatomy of the head. Whether people-like or cat-like, you'd have a larger eye and a firmer cheekbone, for example.

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    The neck doesn't look convincingly connected to the shoulders. It looks like the guy pulled his head into his shirt and placed a decapitated cat head on top of his head.

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    Thanks for the reassurance on the light. I strengthened it on the upper part.
    And I beefed him up; since he's a mage I thought I would have him look a bit feeble, like the typical book person, but as the race is tall and bulky, it seems better now.

    Haven't painted the buttons yet and I'm undecided if I want the silky blue fabric to have any pattern.
    The face will need more work. Here's also the Sculptris model I made (should have bothered to set up the right light...). It's in the middle between with fur and without, and lacking the longer jaw hair.
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    Final

    @Raoul Duke: ?

    This is the final. I fluffed up the fur on the head - I think I may have done more with it, backlit fur is so lovely, but that's for a later painting.

    Thanks for the help!

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