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I started this painting a couple days ago and just finished the under-painting. The next step, of course, is to add color to it, but before I do so I would love to get some advice on what looks good, what looks bad, and what needs to be changed with the painting. I appreciate it.
The chief thing is the lack of structure and solidity which leads to incoherent lighting. It seems to me that you had copied the right hand from a photo, but guessed everything else. It shows.
Recommended book: "Figure Drawing for All It's Worth" by Loomis. And half a year of figure drawing in pencil on paper.
Nice work! I agree that the lighting seems inconsistent. In addition, I'd spend a little more time thinking out the edges. Right now all of the webs have the same sharp edges. Pick and chose which webs you want to be sharp to emphasize your focal points, and then soften the others. Also, it is confusing that the front arm is sharper than the front hand - normally things get sharper as they get closer. On that note, you can also soften the grayed out webs in the back to support the atmospheric perspective.
Finally, the hand and face seem to be fighting for dominance a little bit (might just be me though). I don't know how to fix that exactly, just thought I'd point it out. It might not be a problem once you've put in the color.
Hope that helps. Great job so far!
I do agree with both of you and thank you for your advice. I will take the advice I've been given to put to the painting and post it again sometime later this week. Hopefully there will be a difference.