Wow, I'm loving your sketchbook so far! I especially like your inked muscle drawings and the girl with the hoodie!
Sorry I can't offer any criticism or help, especially on the Superman, since my knowledge of digital coloring is really lacking. I just wanted to tell you that I really like your stuff and I will be following your sketchbook!
You are doin well with these, but the abs are so defined that they dont look natural at all. tone it down a bit and just leave the borders of the body marked with shadows and highlits. concentrate on the main focal points like the chest, shoulders and face if you want. other stuff is fine. keep going.
ei ariel how's it goin? Thanks for droppin by @ my SB, now I'm here to return the honor.
First of all, I totally dig your pencils, I see a lot of brave strokes in there. I like the style and diversity. Judging by your pencil sketches, it would appear that you have a fair bit of understanding of form and how they behave under certain light source. Try incorporating that with your painting. Totally agree with jcpahl, the abs are too define, the edges are sharp as if he's wearing a suit or something. The face is coming along well. But looking at the shadows under his chin and pecs, light source seems to be coming from top left of the picture, you may want to incorporate, emphasize that a bit more on the face.
As with adding hues to skin tones, what I use for experimentation is colorbalance. Try adjusting the colors on shadow, mid and highlights; like bluish on shadows reddish on mid and more fleshy color on highlights. You can also try adding green to mids as well and see how it goes. Alternatively, you can create a new layer and add a glaze of color on shadow buildups and play around with layer adjustments (I normally set mine to either softlight) and then call up Hue and saturation to change the color using the sliders and see the effect. And then you can spread those hues/color to his skin rendition depending on the environment his in.
I'm also experimenting on skin tones myself, so don't take it as a rule, just a suggestion.
I'm struggling with painting realistic skintones myself, but one thing I've noticed is if you feel (or if others are telling you) that the skin seems to lack color, it's easiest to add color using a low opacity airbrush. That way you can see if a given hue would go well in a given location before you really commit to anything.
With regards to the abdominal muscles in the painting, I think the problem lies in each individual muscle being outlined and treated as if it were the same as the others in relation to the light source. I hope that makes sense; or rather, more importantly, that it helps.
I don´t think it´s the mouth, I feel like he has a really prominent nose. He´s a little stiff, I fear. Because of his muscles, his neck is a little short.
I´m not really sure what to do about that.
I would change the nose and the colours, as the others said before.
Still a really nice sketchbook, keep it up!
...this needs to be punny...
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I think you have some good foundations in your figures and paintings...from what I can tell keep working at it. On your Superman pic, I think the lower half of his face is almost in 3/4 view, while the upper half (nose and forehead are in profile) are in profile...I think 3/4 view will suit the piece (IMHO) so I would commit to that. Look forward to more!
An update... PLEASE DON'T THINK I'M NOT LISTENING TO THE LATEST CRITS, I just wanted to set the background before doing it. I was going to go with an autumn forest went with winter instead, although I was saving that for another piece...