I'm fairly satisfied with my ability to draw proportions, outlines, and shape correctly, but I think I struggle significantly with color and color theory. Specifically, in this piece I think I did a fine job rendering the overall feel and everything reads, but the global values are not well done. Ex: the backside of the cloth should be darker, and I think I only hit the really dark shadows. The blending and color of the woman's skin also leave a lot to be desired by me.
I'm now using a highly textured brush and the lasso tool, and I feel like I have a greater grasp than the round brush.
Greatest job on your contrasts of colors and temperatures of the colors, zxding. Way to go, zxding!
If you want my answer to that question, it could be to find this image on your computer's hard drive, then duplicate, and later put on a black-and-white fliter in order to judge the tones or values just a little bit better.
The reason is because, it can help you ace your understanding of the lights, shadows, and the gestalt. And if you really need to learn more info. Look this video up>
This video can help you.
Cheers to you, and most of all, cheers to your current and future goals.
I feel that the shading on the back and underneath the jaw is a bit off.. i feel like if you replaced that yellowey-brownish backlight color with something a bit lighter, it would read better. also think if you added more contrasting shadows to more areas of the body, it would balance out the intensity of the back and jaw shadows. the overall shapes of the body are done well.