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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.
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.
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).
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.