Good day everyone. This is my first foray into digital coloring and painting in a very long time. I was hoping you all could have a look over it and give me your thoughts. Also, I can't shake the feeling that it looks like its been plopped down on the background.
I think one of the main problems is that the light source doesn't match your shadows (the light looks like it's coming from behind the figure, but the shadow says it's supposed to be coming from the left). if you're having trouble with composition,forms, lighting, etc., maybe start doing a lot of value studies in just black and white at first. hope that helps
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Is this creature supposed to be actually underwater? If yes, then the contrast is pretty strong, as there's no feel that there's water in front of the viewer and the creature and the shadow is pretty sharp and strong considering it's underwater.
Like in this:
You notice there's no truly black shadows, and the sharp shadow of the crab is created by the lamp the diver outside the frame is using to light the crab. Your pic has the same effect, but it's unlikely to think that there's someone lighting this isopod monster.