Good job! You're getting better at creating realistic drawings. Her face is cleaner and simpler compare to your previous drawings of your girlfriend. Also, I love the way of how you used fog to blur out the unimportant details and made the head as the main focus. However, the subject and the background doesn't seems to be fitting well very together, perhaps adding a park bench could do the trick. Anyways, it's better than the one with the sky as the background. I really hope you can spend more time refining your artwork, because I can find a few slip-ups in a quick glance. For example, the tiny annoying sharp edge located at the border between the chin and the hair. Also, some parts on the same border, I've found some fusions or blurs between the face and the hair. I apologize for my pickiness, you've created something really special for your girlfriend, and I thank you for sharing this on Newgrounds. One last thing, when you're drawing with a photo reference, you don't have to mimic everything that's in the picture, you can add or remove a few things based on your preference and judgement.
I haven't really attempted realistic stuff much before, so this is still a learning experience for me. I haven't seen her for half a year and pretty much every picture I took was indoors, so the photo quality and lighting aren't very good... In the picture with the sky background, I tried changing the hue and other colour settings to make her skin colour appear the way it was outdoors, but I guess it doesn't "scale" quite perfectly, so some accuracy is lost when I do that. Well, that picture has some other problems, too...
Anyhow, I figured I'd just go with some sort of foggy background to make it seem acceptable to use her indoor colours. Indeed, I should've thought of a more suitable background instead of some random forest with a tower in the back.
I noticed that sharp edge at the chin, too... though I wasn't sure how I felt about it. I probably should've smoothed it out a little. I'm not so sure about the fusions you speak of... And yeah, I might some slight changes compared to the original photo. Mostly just that you can't really tell her eyes are brown in the photo, and she was holding a folded up blanket. I think I need more experience drawing/painting realistically before I make any major changes. Anyhow, thanks for the review, and pick away at my art as much as you please; it's quite helpful for improving.
That's a very nice digital portrait. Nothing bad that I see just astonishing realism.
It's a bit lacking, but thanks.
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