i need help with:
(1) the form shadow for the cheek, it looks unnatural. i dont know if i should lighten it or darken it or increase its saturation, but whatever i do, it will look weird. and it still looks weird now.
(2) is the highlight on the face too bright? is it too constrasted? should painting skin be low constrasted? i really couldnt tell because i painted this and i cant see my own mistakes
(3) a few quick question:
(i) i paint skin from base tones, then darken it, then add lights. my question is: after i lay in my skin's base tones, what color should i pick next (mid tones)? something highly constrasted (in terms of value) from the base tones? or should i just pick one that only have subtle differences compared to the base tones?
(ii) if i want to paint something realistic, what is the most important things i need to put into my work? e.g. detail, texture, referencing, edges? subsurface scattering?
(iii) people like Linda Bergkvist, Melanie Delon PapaNinja and Marta Dahlig can paint very realistic artworks, my question is: do they use references? if so where do they mostly get their reference from. and also if someone can teach me how to use reference, that will be good. i dont know if i should copy everything from a reference or what.
also, if anyone can paintover my work, i will be so happy. dont worry if you r not better than me or what, you can still paintover, i will still learn new things from it. i want my work to look realistic. i try to use as less reference as possible, because i think using reference kinda make creativity and skill building pointless.