The hair practicing is coming along. I was wondering if adding a bit more saturated darks in the 'shadow' areas of the hair, the negative spaces. Not big areas just increasing the contrast in those little areas......kind of like adding specular highlights in the light areas only reverse....really dark darks in the dark areas. Does that make sense? to help separate the hanks of hair as well as some on either side of the individual stands.
Have you used the smudge tool? It's kind of like working with oil paints in that you can put a dab of dark (or light) and then drag it 'down' or which ever way the hair flows *don't have it set to Finger Paint* It drags it to a nice point like what you get with a traditional brush. Different brushes from the brush palette give different effects and you have to remember to pick up just the color you want to drag but I like it for hair, fur and feather effects
I too would like to see Elric completed