Really awesome, I really like that you're not afraid to get impressionistic with the brush. I'm not a big fan of digital painters who just smooth everything out so much that it might as well be a photograph with a smoothing filter on top, and I think it's great that you don't do that.
Something that stuck out to me though is her shoulder in the foreground, it looks a little too small to me. Maybe it looks like it's that size in the reference that you use, but at first glance that was the first thing that stood out to me as something that didn't quite gel with the piece like the other parts.
Never the less, great use of color, form, and texture over all. and deserving of a fave!
I was used to do smooth skins, but I thought it doesn't look like realist at all... That's why I tried to use different brushes and, even if it's not perfect (the brushes I have in Gimp aren't good for this, I need new ones^^°), I'm pretty satisfied with the result.
I hadn't noticed it, but indeed, you're totally right, the shoulder looks to small! It's the same size than in the reference, but there is a really small difference in a curve which make it looks a lot smaller.
Thanks for the comment! I really appreciate when someone give me a constructed critic of my work!
(And sorry if I made a few mistakes, English isn't my first language ^^° )
It's all good. Also to give you credit if that's how she looks in the picture is that Natalie Portman did get hella thin form the role. I still remember watching it in the cinema and feeling sick over how thin she looked.
If you're looking for good brushes to use in Gimp I would highly recommend this: [link] Gimp Paint Studio is probably the cause of why I ever got into digital painting at all. I grew up doing a lot of traditional art (and I still do a lot of traditional art) and this made digital painting make sense to me with an easy to understand interface.
And it's not like the hard round circle brush doesn't have it's place, Here's a piece i did only with the hard round brush: [link]