I think the coloring doesn't really do this justice. I like the inked piece a lot more. Nice attention to detail and cool use of hatching for some of the shadows. I know you used the photo for reference but maybe you should've tried to change the hand into something a bit more natural looking. I know that's how it looked in real life but still, as a drawing the hand looks very unnatural.
I'm getting a lot of feedback about the marker coloring not being up to snuff. I am going to (eventually) learn Photoshop coloring. In the meantime, I am going to try some other types of paper for the markers.
Just as I thought, the hand didn't work out too well. One thing I am trying to do is use the reference for the basic pose and then just draw. I didn't take my own advice on this one and tried to match the hand in the photo too closely.
Thanks for the feedback.
Its fine to use the reference photo to give yourself a basic pose etc -- but when you come to colour you would do well to pay more attention to the shadows and highlights.
There are huge areas of dark shadow on Brady that you have totally ignored. For example, the heavily shaded area on his pants underneath the 'pack thing' round his waist. The fact that you've shaded 'some areas' - and neglected to shade others - looks wrong and unnatural. If there is a light source affecting a picture it MUST affect the picture as a whole - not just 'parts'.
You've got the photo right there in front of you. You need to look a bit closer and be more consistant.
Thanks for the feedback, Beastie -- your comments on this stuff over the last few days have been very helpful.
I tried to have the light source on the upper right or thereabouts, so I tried to shade the figure appropriately. I did shade under his hand warmer (you can see it in the original pencils) and inside the left thigh, but the grey isn't dark enough to stand out -- I can fix that.