Samanthie, yes he would have to be darker, in fact we would see only his head top, forehead and nose But then I would loose the whole idea of painting his portrait, so I will leave logic behind and paint him like there was some light source somewhere, maybe we see him with elven eyes Really, there could be some for example gate to a camp with torches, whatever, it’s out of vision and serves only one goal - lets me paint him brighter. I’ll darken him a bit in the end, but have to find out his face lines finally. I’m changing nose length and shape again, can’t work out cheek muscles and darker areas.
Auria, if I haven’t saved versions I would not know what his faced looked like before Though I’m still little chicken to make real changes and get details right.
I see that slouching, too and it is not intentional, but I can’t find out what is making it. The shawl’s curls or the invisible neck? I’ll try to get rid of it.
NR43, the light source in reality are only the stars, but as I said to Debbie it would mean we see only his nose and forehead So let’s say there are some torches/lamps over his head in some distance to give mild top light, strong enough to let me paint him. I will darken him a bit in the end to fit background better, but I don’t like totally dark portrait. So, the light is somewhere above in front of him.
I’ve got too many variants of his face saved and still it’s not might. I’ll try to be bolder, but what I’m afraid of is making more anatomically proper face but loose him in it.
I thought this handsome version of him will help me paint his portrait:
but I ended up detailing it (reference). There are some mistakes, but anyway things invisible on face covered with skin I watched some photos, anatomy drawings and still mess the muscles on cheeks at the main painting O_o But maybe it will help me in the end.