It wasn't really an exercise in drawing a hood as far as I was concerned, so I confess I didn't really concentrate on putting a lot of detail into it.
Originally Posted by vineris
As soon as I mentioned my source, I understood that the lighting on the sculpture was probably not the most dynamic, bold or interesting (and I did accidentally erase the shadow on her brow between the eyes, man I'm bad at this.) Even so, I see what you mean about the shading! I'll have to use multiple references next time instead of just fixating on one.
I was working in grey scale, I have SO much trouble with color so I figured I'd add it in later but I couldn't figure out what on earth I was doing. It needed so much adjustment. I think I leaned towards the yellow-ish skin because I thought it would contrast the blue nicely, but then I didn't like the yellow and tried to tone it down and just got something resembling green. ^^; I'm always so enchanted by the color pallets I see in the art here, but I can never manage to get them in my work, and I don't know why. I'm not sure if it's because I'm afraid of the colors, I'm just not sure how to use them, or if it's something else entirely. I have some training in anatomy, life drawing and design, but I don't have much color theory in my background and I can't really manage a class at college (Parents aren't keen on having an art major in the family). I've tried using pallet generators, doing exercises with photos and reading tutorials, but I honestly haven't found very many that have been useful (obviously), I'd definitely be open to suggestions in that direction if you guys have any.
I can see what you mean about the blurry quality of the face, I think I'll try another portrait in the next few days and see if I can't work out some of those problems. You've given me a lot to think about. The eyes probably look clumpy Because of my reference, rather than in spite of it. The model I was using was not shy about her mascara. I'm sort of aiming for a clean look in my art and I'm always a bit intimidated by the bold, unsoftened strokes of light and dark I sometimes see here. I suppose I'm just too timid when it comes to this, though I'm not sure what I'm afraid of messing up since I'm working digitally, but there you have it.
Thanks so much for all the comments guys, it was exactly what I was looking for.
Thanks for all your help!