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I recently got myself a wacom tablet and want to improve my digital painting skills. This is a piece i did for my college magazine. I'm not too happy with the result. I think that it has a lot of issues but I'm not able to figure out what they are.
I would be really grateful if someone pointed out the various mistakes that I have made and how i can go about correcting them.
Reference Used: http://www.deviantart.com/art/closet-309930695
The problems with this piece are not how you're using the digital medium - they're firmly set in your construction of the figure and use of value. You're better off taking your own reference photo than working off of someone else's drawing which has its own problems. Try to set up the same lighting scheme that you're aiming for in the finished image so you can see how the beam of light follows the form of the figure.
I think you should also consider dropping the orange-y backdrop; it's kinda distracting.
Yes, the orange isn't doing you any favors. I agree with dierat -- snap some quick shots of yourself in that position to work from. When you further stylize someone else's stylizations, you're asking for trouble.
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 guys. I'm so happy that I discovered this website. Will start my sketchbook soon and hope to improve my skills.