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This is my first official painting that I did in Photoshop. I have done other, more cartoony style stuff, but this is the first time I've "painted" in Photoshop. I had to do it for a class where we had to mash-up two different animals. In this instance, I mashed up a cobra and a lion. Please be as harsh and critical as you can. I welcome it all, thank you.
A decent first photoshop effort. Some thoughts...
-- The lion parts, while recognizable, are very stylized and depart from believable animal anatomy (the musculature and bone structure of the limbs and claws, for instance.) This is especially jarring when you have a much more realistically rendered snake skin body.
-- You're light sources aren't consistent. The top of the ear has the reverse lighting as the limbs, for example.
-- The entire beast is basically the same color except for the major change in saturation from the snake and lion parts. This, along with the texture and rendering differences, makes it feel very 'pasted' together.
-- Putting your object in the exact center of the frame isn't very interesting, compositionally speaking.
These things aren't doing you any favors:
-- The flat, featureless sky.
-- The black outlining of everything.
-- The sky blue haze.
-- Your giant signature.
-- The inaccurate perspective of the ground texture.
-- The cartoonishly rendered cheekbone and scales around the eyes.
-- The way the inner curve of the tail comes very close to the bottom of the frame.
-- The inaccuracy of the cast shadow.
There...that's about as harsh and critical as I can be without being a dick.