things i’ve noticed:
- the gems on the left need to have their shines standardized to be like the ones on the right
- i’m going to try and make her eyes more gem-like
- i’m going to try out a self-painted bg
but other than that, thoughts??
i know i made an art sideblog for a reason, but i have 6 followers on that and i want opinions on this so uh >__>
What’s your overall goal with the image? Mood? Look?
I will critique based on what I “think” you’re trying to do and of course my own aesthetic tastes. lol
The gems looks nice!! But they may actually need to look less refined/exact if you want it to match the overall quality of the image since they are looking very geometric/flat while the figure is soft shaded.
The hair is kind of looking flat shading-wise when it seems like you want to go with someone more realistic? Anyway, to match with her skin/body, you need to deepen the shades and possibly brighten highlights in her hair (since hair is “shinier” than skin, the colour range is higher). Since her hair is a poof, a soft stroke of a deeper shade while you think of her hair as a sphere might help.
I feel like her face is in two perspectives because her nose looks very heavily upturned when her chin or cheeks doesn’t really show this. Her nostrils might also come off better if the inner areas nearest to middle have a softer shade transition into her skin. Right now they look more like narrow slits instead of round tapering holes (like apostrophes more than rice grains) — You reblogged another artist a couple of posts ago that has a pleasing take on nostrils.
Her eyes also look slightly more upturned/seen from a low angle than her overall face suggests, but it might be because you’re trying to make her squint with her smiling. I would try to round out her cheeks more if you want the squint to come off better.
Usually when people smile, their lips thin out at the corners (stretching!), but here her lips remain pretty even throughout even though she’s smirking — or oddly, her lips thin and taper off most on her neutral side, when it should be the opposite? Blending out her mouth crease a little bit more might also look better, and remember that the mouth crease should lead to above the nostril flare (smile on yourself and feel where the crease leads!)
I can’t really tell because her hair is covering, but the collarbone on her looks like it’s dipping a little low. Her neck and collarbone shading in general looks a bit unfinished compared to the rest of her skin.
EXTRA: You may want to think about adding some sparkle/light refractions and reflections bouncing off the gems onto her skin and hair.
ANYWAY!!! I I hope there are some things there that you see you want to work on! Don’t feel like you have to tackle everything at once!
Is she a crystal witch? She’s looking mischievous and magical!