Great work. Want some feedback?
the guy's eyes really read well becaust the very visible pupils are perfectly aligned in that they are both looking right at the viewer. they are both centered exactly the same in the eyeball. The woman's eyes , pupils are minutely off, her right eye seeming to look more rightward, and her left more straight ahead. This is very MINOR. Do NOT go back and try to fix it. it will be more work and you will be more likely to just smudge and mess up. this is such a minor detail, however, since you have a great eye for details and technical accuracy, I thought I'd mention this to you now for the next time.
As to the tilt of the head, it doesnt' really matter since you wont' have the photo side by side to the drawn portrait. however, in the future, you want to lay out this tilt and this sag of shouler, or twist of spine. because, by these minor shifts of posture, a great deal of emotional sense is transmitted. Love and caring and adoration or sadness or whatever is very much shown in the way we hold our head, usually at an angle. these angles can do a lot to things like the line of the neck or shoulder. That's where real beauty comes out. If you look at the greatest Renaissance sculptors, they almost ALWAYS had the head tilted to one side. I am not saying you need to be like them, but that when you start to not only concern yourself with the physical accuracy of a portrait, but how it conveys feeling, then you will need to be certain to catch those angles of neck, shoulder and spine.
As usual, your work is exceptionally nice for your experience level.
Do not worry about the coats being as detailed as the faces . You are not a camera. pick and choose what to give more importance, and lessen the rest. By lessening the rest, that which you do do becomes MORE important.
the shadow values on the faces are probably more dramatic in the photograph. I am just guessing.
Look at the photo in black and white. (your computer might be able to show the photo in a value of B n W only. ) ask yourself,. "is the shadow near her eye , or her right cheek bone, under her hair, lighter or darker than his dark jacket? the same?" that way you can see if you aren't giving the face as much shadow value as it needs.
Now, you don't have to do it exactly ast the photo, especailly if the photo has shadows that obscure things. But, the best way to make something look round (like those faces) is to use shadowing.
Last edited by tinyliny; 03-06-2013 at 04:42 PM.