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Here's the latest painting I've been working on. It's already gone through 1 round of critiques (family/friends/tutors) and been improved from there. I did lose the cartoony feel it had originally in favour of more realism but it does look much better than it did. Now I'm appealing to the elite to see if I can bring this even further. Your thoughts as always are greatly appreciated
Some major anatomical issues here, both with structure as well as with proportions.
Since we're on the same eye level as the head, the face should be broken down in thirds; chin to bottom of nose, bottom of nose to brow line, brow line to hair line. That's the first frame in the animation below. Also, the ear needs to be moved up accordingly. The eye sits much deeper within the structure of the face. The second frame in the animation deals with structure. Eyes seen from the side simply do not look like you've painted it (you seem to have used the symbol for an eye seen from the front and slightly altered it), imagine a ball with the lids wrapping around it.
Overall, you need to get acquainted with a method for constrcuting the face (look up Loomis and/or the Reilly method) and do some studies to learn about the threedimensional qualities of the face since you're largely guessing at the form. Make use of reference as well when you attempt to paint the human face.
Thanks so much for your help it's really appreciated. I can see there are issues now with the proportions but that has really come from tweaking my first attempt at it. I'm really disappointed I've done this because I've spent the last couple weeks solid on construction studying Vilppu's method of drawing the skull outwards and then I obliterated it all with liquify when I was 'fixing' things. Also another reason is that as I mentioned the sketch was a lot cartoonier and I see that I've adjust some proportions and not others.
Extra grateful for your placement of the eye because I do feel I was guessing with it, even looking at reference. I also did attempt to have the eyelid wrap round the eye but didn't go about it properly.
Thanks for your advice here man it's back to work for me now. So disappointed I messed up on the stuff I've worked so much at.