I've been a long time viewer, but this is my first post. :D
It took a lot of courage to do this, because there is so much skill here, most of which I cannot compete with. However, I ultimatly want to better myself as an artist, so what better way than other, more experenced artists, right?
I'm a 17 year old High School senior, studing Computer Networking, CCNA etc. I have no art history, everything is self taught, aside from Highschool art classes, which are more or less a joke, and not for anyone seriously interested in art. At least that has been my experence.
Just as I've had no experence in drawing / inking, my photoshop skills are the same. Just many hours of screwing around, and going for small projects.
The coloring is just that as well, I changed the way I colored it at least four times while doing this. Finding easier and faster ways to create the same look. I think I learned a great deal from this piece, even though, it has many problems, it's really helped.
Drawing, Coloring, and Art in general is a passion, however not something I wish to persue as a career. I am however dedicated, however I lack experenced peers to help me climb.
As far as a critique, I'd really like you guys to rip this apart. Everything from the pose, to the expression, to line art to coloring. Everything. I want to get better, so don't hold back. I know it has problems, many of which I'm aware of, but decided not to correct.
Yes, the upper body did come from a reference, however it was not traced or anything and more or less just a starting point as I often have trouble creating poses myself.
Thanks. (Too lazy to spell check)