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    Unhappy help with light and pose

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    Hi there! I'm doing this piece of me as a victorian lady and I think I've hit a wall when it comes to the drawing because I'm not sure how to make the light more realistic and complex like on a sunny day. It would be helpful to have some pointers on this. I don't want to do more detail on anything in the drawing until I've fixed the mood and tone of it, you know what I mean? Do I need harder stronger shadows? more saturated colours? I'm a bit lost here.

    Also the pose seems weird. I try to explain here what the pose is like under that dress but I don't know what it seems off.
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    Can you guys help?


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    Take the pose yourself, and feel it! If your hips tilt one way, your shoulders tilt the other way: her left hip is highest, so her right shoulder should be highest, because of the way hips and shoulders are connected to the spine. Try to keep balance, and go for a feminine pose. Your lady seems to be walking laboriously with a cane, in a bent over pose, which is more than likely not what you are going for.
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    Okay so I changed the pose slightly and now it looks so much better, thank you. Any pointers on colours and light?
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    Your best best for color/light is to study a reference for daytime, high noon lighting. Should be pretty easy to work it based on that. As for colors, they seem alright from where I'm standing, but I'm not sure what you're going for?

    A couple other tips: you improved the posture quite a but, but I think you'll get more bang for your buck if you tuck her dress behind the handle of the mallet, right now it's getting lost and doesn't really make sense having the dress in front of it. Second (and this might just be a stylistic choice on your part) but her torso seems REALLY small compared to her head, hands, and feet. Just an observation.

    Good luck friend!
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    Thank you! you were right, the mallet makes much more sense on the front. The waist is stilistic choice because victorian era and corsets. there are some pics of tiny waists during that time out there.
    I will look for references for the landscape. Thanks again!
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