Some context: I've been working on a digital painting assignment that asks for a composition conveying the theme of "life," whether through a nostalgic childhood scene or a picture showing the passage of time, or what have you. I think I have the concept nailed down okay (apologies for the roughness), but I really want to push the realism in this piece. My main qualms in that regard are texture and anatomy. To elaborate on those points:
-I'm not satisfied with the texture in my last few (digital) paintings because I relied on the same default PS brush too much, to the point where everything looked like it was made of the same stuff. That said, I don't know where or how to begin when branching out with textures. Do I just grab any brush that "feels" right for the material and go with it?
-As far as anatomy, I feel like the man's shoulders don't connect to his body right, and I'm worried about proportions, too. Sometimes some body parts, like their heads, look way too big or small. (Which is why I should spend more time actually drawing people, ugh.)
Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
Edit 12/1/15: Small update. Experimenting with brushes/textures and color, and trying to fix some facial anatomy. Going to color the man and daughter eventually as well.