Ok, you asked me for a critique...here it goes... Its a good looking piece, but not the best in the series of your pieces. Here's why. The head looks a bit off... but that might be, because of the angle you chosen, and it seems a bit squeezed in the frame... Over all it looks great but not as good as the others. Of course this is coming from a newbie artist....
This one was the harder one so far. The rest of the images being a little more 3/4 and this one being a straight on shot I did try to get more of him in there. The armor, which I thought would be a big part of the image was somewhat crucial for me to get in.I do see however how it does look a bit more squeezed for it and that is totally my fault. It doesn't have quite the breathing room around it that the rest do.
His head in the photo was leaning and he was holding something behind it with his left arm which caused for a slightly awkward angle. This is something that I decided to eliminate in the image since I would not have the room for it and now makes it I guess odd why he is leaning that way. Good catch, now it stands out to me too.
Thanks for taking the time to look at it that closely. I will make note and keep an eye out for these things too.
I love this paper. I had used it a long time ago for a couple projects in school but have only recently really learned to love it.
The splash in the background I think was needed to really create a difference in the illustration. I didn't want to just have a portrait and with fear of ruining it I decided to play around with it digitally. This was the end result and I was sold.