like a painting

Quick 2 hour-ish painting of Ermes because 1) I want her to carry me in her arms, 2) I finished Stone Ocean hours ago and it destroyed me

2016.09.20

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Little Technicolor Things by tekhnicolor | @wordsbyjm [M, 72k]

Louis is a poor writer and recent university graduate, depressed, anxious, and living in London when he meets Harry, an artist with a secret who likes to paint sunrises and pretty boys from California.
Painter / traumatized (H), mental health issue (L), getting together | POV: L

Hi! I feel i put some hard work into this, but i’m still not too happy with the results. Could you critique it? Thanks in advance!


Hello hello! This pieces has some lovely hair texture. I think it could benefit from some heavier/more defined shadows, though. Even with very light blonde hair, there’s still shading when it comes to the face and ‘under’ the hair. You can see the contrast in this photo example here:

Even though the model has very light or at least blonde hair, it casts the same sort of shadow black or brown hair would over the face. These light sources are very direct and intended on creating a strong shadow, but In my (limited) experience working on hair, the point stands.

Here are some areas I think you could darken things up. One of the most common things I was told, and heard told to others, was ‘push it farther’. Photography, painting, graphic design - everyone got this from multiple teachers. Contrast tends to be a hard point for many people, myself included, and usually if you’re hesitant about your shadows being too dark, it pays off to make them a little darker and see how it looks. (If you’re using Photoshop, or something with the ability to change layer types, I’ve found that duplicating your shadow layer and making the second layer a Multiply layer helps.) Emphasizing your light hair with some darker brown-hold shadows will help the highlights stand out even more strongly.

Other things I noted here: This may be just a stylistic choice, but the mouth looks a little small proportionate to the rest of the face. Otherwise, I think this is a very lovely portrait and your hard work certainly paid off on that hair! I also like the eyes, and that they fit the background and scarf :)

quick painted doodle; i could’t get myself to draw anything today, except this, that’s how much i’m in shallura hell…i’ll better go back to my trashcan

ps: ignore the fact that i forgot his Galra arm, thank you