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January 31
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Staying Alive by margaw Staying Alive by margaw
photoshop + wacom tablet (i went a bit crazy with the textures and brushes omg sorry i'm not sorry)
i have a problem with the sherlock hiatus i guess because i'm not able to draw anything else these days haha  please reblog and don't repost (: <3

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Ignore the stars.

1. You are better at this than I am, so please take everything w/ a grain of salt.

The biggest problem with this, for me, is that it doesn't have a clear focal point. I suppose the head, in its entirety is the focus, but you probably want it to be the face & eyes.

I would darken the background color behind the back of his head a bit to lessen the contrast behind his dark hair and the bright background, and similarly darken his ear a bit.

You might want to ad some harder edges to the ear, as it's going to be somewhat of a focus, no matter what, due to it's high contrast area, and it's position as the most foreground element. I'd do this after knocking it back a bit though, as it might not be necessary.

I'd sharpen/add details to the eyebrows and glasses, and maybe throw in a specular on the eye glass arm, or glass to pull the viewer's attention there.

All in all, great, as usual.
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ChrysophylaxCreates Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Certainly managed that!!!
Five-OClock Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Aaaah, I missed him ! Heart 
margaw Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
me too :3 
theWitchofGrich Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Super-CarRadio Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Moriarty!!! <3 I love it.
Galaxy-Rose Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yuusss I love it!  :D
Arkarti Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student
ahw, I love moriarty! I really like the color combination you used, it looks amazing! beautiful work (:
margaw Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student General Artist
oh thank you very much :heart: this is actually my first attempt with photoshop only (i used to help myself with Corel haha), it was hard as hell xD i'm very glad you like it :blush:  
Arkarti Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student
no problem (;
oh really? Well, then it's even more awesome XD I, for example also have corel, but I can't work with it.. it's kinda too complicated for me :'D
SarahJ31 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is really nice!! I love the colour in the background! Great job!! Huggle! 
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