Today’s submission is a digital painting by an artist who wishes to remain anonymous. He stated that this was a mixture of traditional and digital art, but I’m not sure what portions were traditional so my tips are going to be for digital. First, I love the shirt on this. It has a very comic book style with the heavy outlines. It’s so well done!! You’ve got great drawing skills too! Taking a look at some things we can adjust to improve on this even more. First, I don’t have your reference photo, but I can say with certainty that those heavy lines on the face aren’t in your photo. The face should be shadows, not lines. The shadows that you have can be softened in some areas and sharpened in others. A lot of this is going to depend on the style you’re going for. The shirt is very comic book like where the face looks like it’s mostly leaning towards realism…sort of. His face and hair feel very unfinished. If you can drop some of the harsh lines from the face, but sharpen some of the lines in the hair this will make a HUGE difference.
Look what happens when I make the lines on the edge of his face and in his hair sharp, but soften everything else! I didn’t mess too much with the highlights and shadows, my point was just to show you what happens when you put the harsher lines in the hair and drop the ones out of the face. These adjustments took all of 3 minutes. You’ve already done the hard work!
His face and hair feel very unfinished. If you can drop some of the harsh lines from the face, but sharpen some of the lines in the hair this will make a HUGE difference. Also pay attention to details like how your hair is over the shirt, but the shirt is still showing through. You’re using too much transparency in the digital art here.
For his mouth, make sure the upper lip is darker than the bottom, but don’t have this outlined. Unless you are going for more of a drag queen look on a male, don’t outline the lips! His beard is the same as his hair, not enough detail.
You’ve got great drawing skills, just pay attention to where you want actual lines vs shadows!