Wow, thank you so much Jason for this great opportunity! I've already learned so much. Who knew all those little value changes were there?! It took about 6 hours to find them, and I'm sure there are more I missed. I used a single candle for illumination, and I think my portrait came out a little hot (as in, the brights being a bit too bright). That thing about your pupils dilating--woah! I never realized that but you're so right. Towards the end I really noticed.
Thank you again for this. I feel very honored and privileged to participate. Ready to take crits and re-paint!
my only comment is on the edge of the face and neck that goes down the left side of your face...your actual left side....that edge is all the same and it makes the neck kind of pop forward...set up your lighting situation and let your eyes rest on the eyes in the mirror...when you do that look in your peripheal and compare the edge on the neck vs the edge on the chin.....i think you will find the edge on the neck is softer and sitting back in space more...as the edge moves forward on the chin, around toward the front, it can sharpen up to pop the space.
values wise...it is not quite reading as candle light but it is absolutely beautifully handled in terms of modeling in your lights and shadows. keep it up. you are on the right track.
Thank you so much for the feedback. I sat down with the same setup last night to try and see what you were saying. Yep, definitely see what you're talking about with edge quality. I struggled with how to render it, looking at something without directly looking at it is really hard! I'm not sure I fully captured it, but it was really good to try.
Also, you are right about the light. My eyes were adjusted last time so I didn't see it, but this time I noticed some light also coming from the same direction, but from a broader area, off my monitor.
i wonder if a couple of black accents (pupils perhaps) or a couple of cool strokes/interesting brush marks in the hair might make it pop just a bit more. overall it's a solid piece and your updates improved it a lot.
Yeah it is hard to do that, but it is something that will get easier within a few tries. You have to get used to paying attention to your periphial vision. Keep it up.
Thank you Jason! I took your advice and I can really see a difference! For the hair, I tried to focus on the eyes and paint with my peripheral. Anything dark below or above a certain point faded out and was distracting, so all the texture ended up near and around mid face. Neat. I like it Maybe it doesn't translate for others though, at this point I've worked on it so long I'm cautious of my own assessment. Still, to me it definitely looks better. Thanks!