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    What am I doing wrong?

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    Every time I try to turn a drawing into a painting, it always ends up really weird and ugly. I know my colors are muddy here; what I'm focused on is the value and form. (Although if you have any tips/criticism for anything else go right ahead; I'm not trying to dismiss any critique, I'm just looking primarily for help on particular aspects of my work) This character is supposed to have a kind of weird face shape, but there's something about the eyes where I always make the same mistake and they look really flat and unnatural. If anyone could explain what I'm doing wrong, I would really appreciate it. It's been driving me insane.

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    Try doing value studies of Roman busts for those eyes.

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    Idk, if you say things like "muddy colors" and "value/form" in the same sentence, it's like you already know the answer. The problem isn't with the eyes, but your rendering in general. Crisper, popping forms depend on good color and value choices. Also try defining the light source more, and especially in a way that complements whatever you're trying to depict. For added realism, it helps to know a bit more about light and shadow. Credit goes to someone who calls himself "StickyFingazFo20", he isn't on this forum I think and very mysterious.

    As for the eyes, adding pupils and eyebrows usually helps . Otherwise, imagine them as spheres.
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    If your focus is value and form with the face, I would try studying asaro heads and human skulls for a bit or try doing form studies with your practices too . Also, try some paintings in grayscale to make it a bit easier to practice with value. : )

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    When painting portraits, I've had to resist the temptation to blend and detail too early. I force myself to zoom out and focus on blocking in. I keep making passes until things build up. So those are my tips, although I'm a novice too. My paintings also look pretty ugly in the beginning stages. Painting in greyscale for awhile really helped me get a grasp on values and edges.

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    its all about relations imo... screw blending!

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    "Have only 4 values, but all the edges you want."
    Glen Orbik

    "To any man who has slaved to acquire skill in his art, it is most irritating to have his ability referred to as a 'gift.'"
    Andrew Loomis

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