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Hello all! 

I suppose now would be a good time to introduce myself and give you a bit of background with my experience in 2D art. Drawing has been a hobby of mine my entire life and something that I am very passionate about. Aside from the few art classes I took throughout my elementary and high school years, I am mostly self taught. 

I've dabbled in digital art the last few years, but recently decided it's time for me to get a bit more serious and REALLY learn how to draw. So here I am--ready for your feedback, constructive criticism, and critique. This thread will serve as a space for me to share my ongoing projects in hopes that through your advice and knowledge, I can improve my skills! Thanks in advance.

~Aelfyn 

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  • aelfyn
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    I recently finished a profile piece inspired by an Elder Scrolls Online character. She has several looks, which you can see below. 

    I was having issues painting the last look, where she is wearing a veil made of harpy talons. The talons look a bit off, almost as if they are popping off the page. I tried repainting and adjusting them, but to no avail. Perhaps my lighting is off? 

    Any critique on the drawing as a whole would be greatly appreciated!

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    birb said:
    Welcome. You're off to a good start here!

    Answering your question:...
    Hi birb!

    Wonderful feedback. I appreciate you taking the time to reply! I'll definitely look into some exercises for lighting as you suggested.
    And yes! You're totally welcome to paint over - thanks again!
  • aelfyn
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    Wow!
    I can't thank you enough for all of the information you've provided and for taking the time to prepare a paint over. Seeing the difference in lighting really made me realize how flat my original drawing is. Looks like I've got my work cut out for me--time to delve down the rabbit hole of lighting. Pretty excited to revisit this piece and play around with the light/shadows. Thanks again. :) 

  • JosephIV
    Look good, I think there are some distortion between face sides but much better; remember to mirror frequently  the image when you paint. Please, check her ears.
  • carvuliero
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    carvuliero ngon master
    Maybe you could work a bit on facial symmetry also some of her neck is missing on the right side
  • Eric Chadwick
    Love the progress on this OP. I frontpaged the crit rather than the OP, as sometimes it's nice to highlight an excellent crit when we see one. But the OP also deserves recognition for their work on this. Kudos @aelfyn !
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