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    Hey everyone
    This is my mermaid for the Mermay challenge, but I have problem with the light coming from the ball. I can't decide how much light is just right or too much to her face and body. Any suggestions?

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    I dig the top one more, but don't forget to add some shadow in that dark environment.. the straight arm, under the shells, eyeballs, etc..

    I would also maybe expand this to be a more interesting background to help explain why the oddly cupped light ball is even there..
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    I think more light on the face would be better. Remember that in a realistic version of this scene, there would be almost no light from the sun underwater. So everything would be lit by the ball, and the shadows would be almost black. You don't have to obey this, but with that in mind it makes way more sense to have more light from the ball, and less light from the main light source.

    Other things:

    -eyes are not almond shaped, they are balls. Right now the right eye is actually on top of the nose, which isn't really what you want.
    -make sure the boobs are the same size/pointing the right direction
    -The way she is holding the ball is a little awkward. i would rotate the hand so we see more of the back of the hand. The fingers will be silhouetted against it which looks cooler.

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    My first impression, image one could use a bit more light based on the glow of the object, with a small increase to the shadows. Image two feels like there should be more light as well. The glow is intense to the point I feel like the planes of the face and cast shadows would start becoming really pronounced. Try pushing it really far then scaling it back.

    Like your tumblr.

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