Pretty Darn Swell!
Fundamentally, it's pleasing to the eye; smartly done in such a way as to show serious talent, yet also stylistic enough not to just be a stab at photorealism.
I liked how, in contrast to the picture, you brought out the lights. Along with resizing the eyes and (minorly) remodeling the facial structure, you seemed to bring out the youth and boyishness, which was a really enjoyable theme.
However, the picture you were using for reference was already very bright, and I feel like how you lightened it ultimately made the image much less dynamic. The image felt much more flat because because of this (it may have also been a result of using a photo as reference- I too suggest a mirror), particularly with the hair.
The border served really nicely to add to the picture, and viewed from a distance particularly it has really nice appeal.
Overall, a really great job. Minor things (the left eye's tear duct is quite big, and once I noticed it I couldn't get my mind off of it) are there, but at a certain point, you have to let well enough be. The eyebrows could have used a little more work too.
My primary dislike is that it all feels pretty flat, but the color composition and whatnot speak loads to your talent. Keep up the great work.
Thanks for the review, I really enjoyed reading it.
I'm not sure if I can promise that my next work will be done with the use of a mirror, since the ideas I have involve poses that wouldn't allow for looking up or moving my arm, but then again, maybe i can get a friend to do the pose for me while i sketch it quickly, lol. I understand what you mean by the flatness of the image though so I'll put more focus on making the next drawing leap off the page. Thanks for the compliments, your review's been helpful. :)
Very well done man. Nice colors. I don't have much critique, besides that the nose is slightly too small/eyes are slightly too big in comarison to the photo.
I had noticed those too before I posted, but with the way I had put the layers together, I couldn't go back to fix either and I figured they looked quite fine anyways :P I think, though, if you didn't have the actual picture to compare it to, you might not have noticed the different nose size ;) The eyes I can understand would've been seen as being slightly too large compared to the rest of the face.
Thanks for the review.
Those are some mad art skills. :O
Especially on the stubble, makes it look so realistic!
The stubble was fun to do and I was quite pleased in how it turned out,
Nice Painting dude.It's Awesome.At first i thought this was a photo taken at your home but when I look closely it's a painting.Nicely Done
You're talented, and this is a wonderful, realistic self-portrait. At first glance, I honestly thought this was a photograph. The scuff on your chin and cheeks, by the way, is a lovely detail.
I love my scuff :D lol, thanks for the compliments.
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