[WIP] been in a road block for ages

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Hi everyone, this is my first post here in a long time so sorry if I'm asking stupid questions or coming off as rude.
The more I work on this painting, the more and more weird/off track it looks to me. This seems to happen every time I paint a character; it never comes out the way I intend but when I draw them they look accurate to how I imagine.
This character is supposed to be a bit weird-looking; she's very sickly and thin with downturned eyes and a slight weak chin. However, I can't seem to capture her permanent sad face when I paint. She always looks stoned when I first try to make her eyes, and then when I try to undo that she ends up looking happy like she does now. There's also something wrong with the planes in that area, but I can't seem to identify or correct it. Any help/advice with these issues or anything in general you notice would be VERY much appreciated, sorry for the ramble and thanks in advance. :heart:
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Young Anthropomorphic Snapping Turtle for Children's Book I'm Going to Write

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I'm not a professional artist. I'm looking for critiques to make my art look more professional, so publishers would be more comfortable letting me illustrate my own writing. Because my character is standing at a slight angle I'm struggling with making the proportions look correct on both the left and right side. This is a WIP - I plan on adding a background.

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NSFW - Nudity Twinkies Sketches

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Characters feel... off

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Whenever I do character art like this, it feels really flat and stiff. I've tried using perspective and more gestural sketches to fix this, but when I finish the drawing it feels... off.Any suggestions on how to fix this or any other issues you have with the drawings are appreciated.
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CHOW 482 Sci Fi Archer (wips)

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CHOW 482 Sci Fi Archer (wips)

CHOW 482 Sci Fi Archer (wips)

Character of the Week #482
Sci Fi Archer
:right: Deadline - Monday, Febuary 25th 8AM GMT:left:

In a strange alternate world where gunpowder was never invented the art of the humble bow and arrow has been honed and perfected as the only means of ranged weaponry since ancient times. Bows are a standard armament for soldiers and mercenaries alike, fulfilling any battlefield role from rapid fire, sniping or anti-armour. These cutting edge weapons are built from the most advanced materials and can easily punch a hole in a hover tank with pinpoint accuracy. Some bows or crossbows are linked directly into targeting matrixes in the archer’s helmet or brain, and are capable of firing many exotic arrows like plasma bolts and photon arrows.

If you are in the Valentine’s Day mood, you could also throw in a high tech / cyber cupid theme.

Male or female archer

Human or humanoid

Carries high-tech bow or crossbow.

Genre is sci-fi.

The Rules:

- FINALS: Must post in finals thread before the deadline
- KNEES UP: Must show at least 3/4 of the character, from at least the knees up.
- FRONT VIEW: Must be able to see the front of design. No back views without a front.
- WIPS: Must show at least 2 work in progress shots either in the wips thread or finals thread.
- READABLE: Design must be readable, as in a 3D model could be made from your image.
- ONLY ONE: May only submit one entry. No multiple submissions.
- 3D: Must be originally created models, excluding primitives. 3D paint-overs permitted. If you choose to use 3D in whole or in part you must show a screenshot of the model in 3D software with final entry.
- UNACCEPTABLE: These are not permitted: Photo paint-overs, photobashing, pre-made or purchased 3D
models, rushed works/ rough sketches. PHOTO TEXTURES are allowed as long as they are suitably worked into the piece and not lazily dumped on top.
- NEW USERS: Must submit entries by 6pm GMT on due date, due to conceptart.org's moderation process:

- DESIGN: Design your character for the brief, not your personal fetish. Nudes without some design are not permitted.
- READ: Read through the threads; there may be answers to your questions already posted.
- FUN: Have fun!

Read more: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...#ixzz5fElGU900

From Zero

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I crashed my car today.

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Nobody was hurt. My car took the hit for me.

I got extremely lucky.

While the smoke settled (cops were called, reports were written, I had time to myself) I thought about my life and the situation I was in, and decided it was bullshit.

I got lucky today. Will I be as lucky tomorrow?

I don't want to die with my song still in me.

Here are some scales:

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These are to establish my starting point. Nothing pretty, obviously. I'm starting at zero just like everyone else and for the first time in my life I'm ok with that.

I drew these months ago and have done nothing since.

I'm going to be working out of the "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" workbook. I've got the textbook on Kindle and will be reading that as well.

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I'll be posting my progress here. Hopefully one day my artwork will inspire others to take the plunge, like the many beautiful and inspiring pieces I've seen here have done for me.

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Critiques please

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