Helloooo. I haven't really posted before. I joined the community at launch but, shortly after, I upgraded my OS to Win10 and my tablet refused to work no matter what I did. I have since gotten a new PC and decided to try to make it work and, voila! So, it's been...3.5 years since I painted and I'm way more than rusty.
I actually tried to get my tablet working after all of this time because I am trying to make a game. I wrote the script for a sci-fi visual novel that is psychological horror/suspense and I wanted the art style to be realistic to compliment these themes. I briefly worked with a few artists that didn't pan out, and couldn't find anyone else who wanted to work on the project, so I decided to try to do the art myself.
I've been struggling with realistic painting since long before my OS rebelled against my tablet, but I've been practicing and studying for this project. Here is my WIP of one of the characters...
I spent so much time zoomed in that when I zoomed out, I was so startled by how...weird it looks. Something isn't clicking and I can't figure it out. I am essentially just painting in the dark, trying to find what works, so the piece is a pretty big mess. I would greatly appreciate your advice on what's wrong here and how I can fix it... (and any additional advice you want to give me, I would love to hear it).
Also, I'm not sure if any of you know what a visual novel is or how it works, but I feel like i should point out that the characters are essentially paper dolls that sit over changing backgrounds, so I was trying to find a neutral lighting scheme that will work for everywhere the story takes them.
Thanks for your time!