Yes, shameless x-post from my deviantART scraps...
Halp me make it not crap?
Also (and yes, I love that word too much) would it be too insane of me to actually grow out the rest of the scene of my final illustration from this? I mean, I started this study just as practice so my illustration won't be shit, but now I'm thinking since this head shot I did a study of is from the pose of the greater image I might just cannibalise it as part of the full illustration. Too tasteless?
Also, I was totally horrified to learn that there are a multitude of hair brushes, I don't mean brushes with hair bristles, I mean digital brushes of hair. WTF, if you want to illustrate or modify hair, don't use a brush, ACTUALLY FUCKING LEARN TO RENDER HAIR, or it wasn't meant to happen. Although I do rather like this brush.
Also, I've found one not-crap (and actually kind of nice) hair tutorial on deviantART, which is this one.
I think I'll still be trawling through my issues of ImagineFX and whatnot though, especially to get the light shine right on the earring (this isn't a study in the chiaroscuro lighting yet, FYI).
Anyway, if you have suggestions on making this study less shoddy looking, please tell me!
I'd post this to conceptart, but I haven't even had time to post a second wip of the chameleon illu I posted there yet, so I don't want to look like I've abandoned it by posting this there.
[my head is pastede on yay.]