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I would like to make this my first serious painting and before I go any further with it I want to try to get some input. Tear it up folks. Thanks.
All righty! (cracks knuckles)
My first worry is the pose. (After experimenting with a metal curtain-rod) it seems that the most comfortable place to rest a pole would be on the shoulders, rather than on the 7th cervical vertebrae. To do this, the shoulders would have to be pulled back and act as shelves for the pole.
The other thing is the arms -- When I look at the arm on the left, it seems to be REALLY coming forwards towards the camera, to the point that it's in front of her torso, and so it would make it difficult, if not impossible for the hand to be resting on the pole, unless the axe-end were pointing towards us. That would also cause the other hand to go back into space.
As Master Of The Obvious! I must point out that since the axe head makes the axe heavier on the left, then it would be most comfortable to move the axe to the right, in order to balance things out a little better.
Things seem rather flat because of a lack of overlaps -- I see lines for silhouette, but very few lines inside, describing form. No overlaps except that of cloth over the body. It's hard to tell what's going into the camera and what's going out, and things just seem to be lacking volume. There's more to conveying a sense of volume than in rendering alone!
Just because you're looking at a torso straight on doesn't mean that you just draw the silhouette -- consider also that you can, in fact, see the sides of the box that make it up -- always consider where the corners are and where the surface turns towards or away from the camera. It's a 2D media but you still have to convince the viewer that it's a 3D subject -- and to do that, you have to think in 3D!
Conceptually the clown hair hurts it. There's a sort of indian/punkrocker motif that that hair is ruining. The arms are short, and the way the leg sticks out isn't working, it doesn't look like she's standing on one leg. The pose is very static with everything parallel to the picture plane, just adding a twist will help the pose and help emphasize the axe she's holding. I did a fast sketch to show what I mean: axe overlaps hand, which overlaps shoulder, I should have also overlapped the hand in back. Tipping her at the waist will show some cleavage, if you want to go for a scary/sexy dynamic. Look for all the places that can help show form, those feathers on the skirt are an important place to look.
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