-- The head is turned, but the mouth reads as square to the viewer. In fact, the face overall doesn't really agree with the head turn.
-- Its a her?
-- The pose feels to me a bit leaning back and unbalanced.
-- The shoulder/arm/wrist anatomy isn't very convincing.
-- So far you've done a really nice job of visually describing the materials.
-- I'm really digging the colors.
the face is very flat. try to break it down into planes. for instance the nose is angled upwards so it will be catching more light than the forehead and philtrum as they are perpendicular to the ground. think- plane in relation to light. also the fur has volume to so id reference that.
also reference the boots aswell. actually just reference everything, will save time and get you better results.
I agree with dog-faced on describing the form of the face better. One thing that stands out to me is the mouth anatomy. For instance, think about how the lips would deform around the tusk-like teeth. Also, the right jaw-line doesn't 'agree' with the left jaw-line, perspective-wise
I would also go a lot further with including imaginative shaman trappings.
I'm having trouble seeing what you changed with the pose to make it look more balanced, but it does seem better (placebo effect? lol).
I don't know, that arm still doesn't seem very convincing to me so i tried a po of some fairly general things you might change. Might find it somewhat helpful.
The bird looks like a hooded crow, which isn't any larger than a regular crow. It's really taking away from the size of the orc. I made you a paintover that's more of a suggestion than anything, but I honestly thought his (her?) outfit made him look a lot like santa. I also think some darker edges around the character will help to separate him from the background, as well as a clear cast shadow.
I hope this helps;
I'm not sure and hope its a legitimate advice, but maybe try to add (saturated) color to your shadows instead of blackening them, this might give some more livelyness and depth to your character. Adding different colors might spice it up too. I've tried to do a little paintover or rather a part of it, I hope it gives at least some impression what I mean. (Sorry if he's too green now lol).
Cheers and all the best
Talib, thanks for taking the time and I like the look. The brief was looking for consistency and coherence with the samples provided, so with the colour scheme I generally went with theirs.
The Challenge deadline has passed, so I'll probably rework it and add more shamanic elements. I submitted this, just wish I'd seen the challenge earlier!
Ah ok sorry didn't know that :-), very nice you'll continue on it, but hope you'll have more time next time, good luck and all the best!