That's a sick monster face you did Keep up the updates and do more studies!
Ditto on the orc/goblin portrait. That close background light source helps to create a sense of space and emphasize the translucency of the ears, and the modeling on the head itself is evocative of Dave Rapoza's work with slightly more saturation. I'm not sure if the tinge of purple around the eye is correct in regards to realism, and it definitely stands out - whether for good or ill - from the other shadows by displaying more color variety than the other, more monochromatic shadows. Conversely, it also aids the viewer's eye considerably in focusing upon the subject's eye, so it may be working to your intentions after all. In either case, keep 'em coming!
tnx for the comments guys i'm trying to squeeze some time out in between to get some studies done.
i looked for a good picture with hardlighting and tried to paint some
hardedge shadows since i tend to forget those in my non reffed work
i'm gonna do some more of these and probably some fullbody ones too
nice faces :o