Awesome suggestions- thank you! I am reworking the shoulder/arm/socket and face angles right now. Already has helped a lot. Going to have to from scratch repaint the arm and its oh so funky Armour haha( its based on a recent couture runway style by Dior- my friends favorite- not any sort of real or practical armour), but I am selecting and edit>distorting and filter>liquidfy the face to get a better angle.
While I am not looking for photo realism in my paintings something felt way off, and after many hours getting emotionally attached to this I couldn't see what was off but things were NOT adding up- again thanks :) I sometimes use photos for ref, but do not care to 'paint over' personally, I sketch right now on paper with charcoal pencil, and them import and paint digitally. Often the initial sketch does not look like the end result but its just where I am comfortable starting..
Yes, there is def a large amount of stylized wouldn't work in real life going on in here- lots af symbolism took :)
And I think the reason the legs look like one would be longer is the dutch angle- I am a photographer who loves that gimicky
angle to add sense of movement... I had been sketching this straight up and down and then turned the whole sketch sideways and painted it
And, yes I do love those saturated colors haha!
Say, which thread should I use in the future for WIP needing critique? The feedback is so valuable to me.. but I am not very savvy about online forum etiquette haha