crits very welcome. im looking for help to get better skin tones. also the arm holding the basket ball looks a bit wierd to me, is it too short? or just bad anatomy?
I'm much better at skin tones than I am at anatomy, so I'll stick to that for you at the moment.
What you've got here isn't a bad base colour but it needs to be pinker. The biggest thing you have to remember about skin tones is that skin is not all one colour. Usually the torso is the whitest area, the face is redder and the arms and legs are more tanned.
Here's a 5 minute paintover just to show you what I mean (tell me if you'd like me to take it down). Just warmed up the base colour and then added some variation.
Here it looks like you've just used multiply to paint over a pencil drawing, and that's ok for getting your basic colours down, but there will be very little depth and interest if you just leave it like that. There need to be warm-cool colour shifts to better amplify the space. Like instead of leaving those shadows on the green just the darker green, throw a little dark blue-green on top of the pencil drawing. The cool will push the shadow back even more and make it more interesting to look at. Same thing goes with everywhere else.
thanks tully. ill try and post and updated version tomorrow, using some of your advice. that arm still bugs me
gave it a go
It's the underlying structure of the arm that's off. It is too short and I think it's in the forearm and wrist. Actually, I dont think you gave him a wrist. I'd worry more about the drawing first, then the "coloring" of the character. His feet are a too big, and the floppy qulaity of the shirt doesnt tell us that he has hips and thighs.
Take a look at Kevin Chen's analytical drawings of the figure to help you place the bones and muscles on a solid structure.
Link to Kevin's drawings
I hope I've helped.
There is nothing wrong with using a photo to help you see things.
No one complains about life drawing,
so take a photo.
its easy, and will improve your piece greatly."
I think the hand goes too far under the ball, im sure there will be some reference pics out there...
apart from that i think the style is pretty cool but the anatomy is off in places and the clothes kinda hide the form, maybe look into some drapery exercises to improve on that
but nice try, keep it up!
thanks for the comments guys. like most people i need to work on anatomy more. oh, yeah, i cant believe i didnt realise the size of his feet before. doh