@seanwelty Thanks. I had the biggest value contrast by far in the face to draw attention there. There's not much value difference within the hair - that's why I kept the background value a similar value to the hair so it didn't stand out as much. The black shadows in the reference were actually darker than I went and I wanted to draw the attention to the mouth/nose as they are what Ronnie is to me. I stayed more painterly away from those areas intentionally. Thank you for the input though, I really appreciate it.
By the way, everyone worrying about the palm rejection - there are now a load of videos of people using their palms and having no problem, and they gave the iPad pro to the guys at Pixar and the one thing they were surprised about was how good the palm rejection was.
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