well, when i was learning to paint, i too struggled with how skin color can appear dark in shadow, but at the same time, pale. I suppose the answer has to do with how unsaturated and saturated colors appear in relation next to each other.
To learn this, I would take a professional painting into photoshop, and then drag my eyedroppper tool around the skin. As I did this I would have the color picker window open, and I would watch as the colors became grayer in some areas, and much more saturated in others (for instance, a cheek appears much more gray compared to an area that has a reflected shadow on it.
some good paintings to do this with would be something like this, [link] by Craig Mullins and this, [link] by Dice Tsutsumi
For practice, I used to color Disney coloring book pages in photoshop, using the skin colors from a painting like the two examples I showed you. I would try to do it on my own, but if I didn't know what sort of saturation to use, I would take it from the painting directly, and have an "a-hah!" moment. After doing this enough times, it started to make sense to me, and this is how I began to learned.
for example, heres one i did: [link], and I took the colors from this painting, [link].
Woohoo! A background. I think you should define the flowers in her hair more. And there is a bit of unexplained highlight on the left hand side of the brunette's face. There are like, two stripes of blue there under her eye beside her nose. It's coming along great though.
I only now just read you would like some feedback, so I'll do as best I can I think you already made some (great) changes to the girl on our left, if I'm not mistaking. As for the other girl, her right cheek is pushed out more then the other side, which I think is because her chin is just a tiny bit too much to the right. It's not wrong, people look like this, but when you zoom out a bit, you'll see it's a bit unbalanced. As for the sea, the waves all look like going in a line from the mermaids towards the corners of the horizon. This would I think only happen a little bit if they were fastly swimming towards us, but I bet they are not, or they are very photogenetic swimmers I would suggest making the waves a bit more parralel to the horrizon. For the rest, it looks really nice! As always I love your colors. One more tiny thing that might look better (just a guess you can play around with) is that at the points where they go in the water, make the water a bit more light (even more then you already have) and perhaps a bit more wrinkles in the water. Hope it helps, look forward to the end result
The composition of this image wants to be very centered given that the subjects are very emphatically planted in the middle of the foreground, so I kinda feel like the tail and cliffs in the background are doing something a little strange to the weight distribution of the overall image (if that makes sense). It's just really heavy on the right and there isn't much on the left to balance it out. There are any number of things you could do to adjust that: amping up the saturation of the water on the left side (although given its distance in the background maybe you'd rather not do that), adding clouds, more heavy detailing on the waves on the left side of the foreground, etc.
I love the streamy inky look that the girls' hair has! And your color palettes, while they've always been really neat, are getting a lot more focused lately.
Much better. The mermaid on the left's mouth is a lot better. I think that the line on the far side of her nose is a bit harsh. Thinks are coming along really great though. I really like the reflective blue light and the soft colors. I do agree that the brunette's tail makes her should look a bit odd. Try lengthening it or changing the angle. Can't wait to see the final image.
I think the one with the lower hair's chin looks like it's sticking out a little bit too much- and her shoulder looks funny. Oh and maybe the brunette's fin could be longer... and kinda transparent-ish? IDK, everything is gorgeous though, I'm just being ridiculously picky xD
Wow this is gorgeous already. I don't what you're thinking about lightning and such, but I do like the warm/cold color contrast you have already with the blue and orange. Also I would sugest that you made the water reflection on their faces. Water is really tricky to paint but I guess you'll do fine. I'm eager to see what this will turn out to be.
Hmmm yeah, what is going on with the lighting.... I might be relying too heavily on the cool/warm contrast to keep this image working. Yes I'm nervous about the water, but we will see what happens. Thanks for the input about the reflection. I hope you are not disappointed but the end product!!! Thanks :*
I really love this so far. The mermaids look about ready to kill and seduce at the same time. I do think that the mermaid with green hair's mouth is a bit funny looking. Almost like she's sticking out her lips too much. The brunette's face is perfect though. Great job. I can't wait to see the final result.