Thanks. I appreciate any crits (opinions) about my work, and even if I don’t agree with them, I don’t mind trying them out, just so I can learn from them. I tend to feel that the first image may be more impactful, but the lighting on the face isn’t as pleasing as I’d like. Especially the shadow under the nose.
Thanks for the feedback. I agree about the turning of his head to relieve some of the straight on look to the pose, but I’m reluctant to angle the head much, as I was trying to do more of a formal portrait of an ex-military bloke, who tends to keep a stiff upper lip (and back, as well). Possibly tilting the head up some would still fit with my idea of his character.
But I should try to do some more informal poses that show some more personality. I tend to tweak things to death. Time to move on.
But before I do, here’s one last render of this pose with some changes to the jacket. There is a texture on the jacket. I hope someone can see it! And I made the lapels of his tux shiny for some interest, too.