The main thing that will improve this is just slowing down a little to double check all of your positive and negative shapes. mapping out your image accurately is key and you are so close that if you just bite down on that early step a little more that the rest is going to fall into place quickly. great job. you are on the right track. keep going. jm
amazing stuff. if you copy the layer, then do a blur on that, then erase the parts that are too blurred I bet you could get them perfect. still, amazing. wow.
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Nice work. You can get closer on values, but for just getting rolling these are looking good. Your shapes are coming along well.
Be sure that you are keeping a close eye on your edges. Note where the sharpest sharpest sharps and softest soft edges are and use them as guideposts/landmarks for the rests of the edges in the image. Edges are important to space, form, and focal areas, so getting those in there will help the piece a lot. Once you do, you will see quality improve a lot.
The bouguereau is closest, edge wise, but you have gone more crisp in the face.
The one just prior your values in the background figure and animal are more contrasting than the original.
I think moving forward I would most like to see you focus on being as consistent as you can be from image to image. That will be a big step.
Wow, even closer on those last three! Your values and placement are awesome. The only thing I can notice is that sometimes, you paint the edges within the shapes a little bit too rough... like on the sitting lady and the horse. I think if you get those down you'd really nail these.