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I basically wanted to create a merman so I came up with this guy. I've been working a good amount of time on it already and I think I need a step back so I can later see better what I can improve and in the meantime I figured I can ask for some feedback. Thanks!
First thank you for the reply! No I haven't used reference for the face, just for the neck a little bit. By more relaxed demeanor do you suggest relaxing the muscles around the eyes or the mouth?
I see now. Thank you for you feedback, it's really helpful! Can you think of anything else I should consider?
Not for this since its so far along but in the future when you make a portrait think about the pose a little more before you start. Turn the head slightly or the body, and it will give it more life. Think about the attitude of the person how would that attitude manifest itself in the pose? Is he stern? Mischievous? Sad? All those emotions will help connect the viewer and give the image more life. All of those emotions have a way of physically showing on a face.
dpaint: Yes now that you mentioned it I haven't thought about any of these stuff at all. I'll definitely try and think about those things in the future. Thanks again, mate!
kayness: Yeah necks are a weak spot for me. Even though i tried using reference it seems more thorough study is in order.