Hey folks. I'm a bit of a n00b at real illustration. I'm hoping hone my skills with the help of the community here. I hope I can contribute in return.
I've been working on this character design for awhile. Man of Many Faces was the concept.
Points I want to drive across: A vagrant warrior that travels to supernatural ruins for lost treasures. Sort of a glorified grave robber who carries his shop of antiquities with him at all times, he sells the enchanted, ancient goods at towns he passes through. Though he keeps the best for himself. Carries all kinds of masks and different weapons, books, a lantern, maps, jizos and trinkets (Like a witchhunter). He's not keen on murder, being part merchant and an 'acquirer of rare antiquities', so he carries twin iron whips (chinese: Bian, sword-breakers) to literally beat the opposition. He carries a cursed ancient sword but uses it only against the supernatural.
I just am not certain if I'm getting too colorful or too focused on polishing detail. I've never really made a full, finished character illo before. But I'd also like it to serve as a strong illo all on it's own, as my 'folio is pretty shallow. So I'm not too sure where I stand with it. What else should I really do besides clean/polish? Or is that even necessary? Is there anything remarkably amateur that I need to address?
Thanks very much in advance.