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Pretty picture, but my concern is that it might look a little too much like your reference, as though you just ran a filter over a photo. I'm not saying you did that, but the beauty of working digitally is that you can make the picture something OTHER than your reference...more sunshiney, more moody, more painterly, whatever you choose...and eliminate thost bits of the reference that interfere with your composition. I think her background competes with her a bit, in intensity of color and clarity. And whatever that semi-circular green thing is sits right on the edge of her right shoulder, which is awkward. It's clear you've got a great eye! I'd say challenge yourself more; push the picture to something unique and beyond photographic.
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Thank you. Your critique hit it right on the spot. Haha, more than once I've had people ask me if I just a filter over the picture. I realized this was more borderline photorealism than just referenced. Just... not enough detail to be photorealism. The background is a... mirror-- those things that comes with the dresser.
Here's the reference.
I guess this was more to break that artist block I've had for weeks now. Next time I put up work it'll be more original.
As for the background, I thought that by blurring the background it indicates its not being focused on, contrary to the girl. Just like the focus effect you have on the camera.
When you are translating photos into a new format, say an artistic one, there are things that a photo does better, like foreshortening. That upfront leg will eternally be confusing, even, or worse in soft focus.
I like this but all that empty space on the right isn't really doing much, I'd crop it.
^^^ I would agree.