Originally Posted by MarkMark
Its part of my resoloution to try and do one a week. Not necessarily all nude though. COmments welcome
That's a good idea if you can do it, accuracy will come with practice. Think more about the composition how you place the figure will play a role in the success of the painting.
The head looks like it is ducking under the edge of the picture plane as it descends. I know you are trying to get some rythym going but you need space around your head humans don't like being crushed. I can see you have put a twist in the body but it still looks stiff you could put the non painting arm on your hips to break up the pose more and exaggerate the twist even more than you have with perhaps one limb raised slightly. This will introduce more movement and make it lively to look at. The concentrated gaze is part of the self portrait ethos and I like it over the vacuous smiles one gets from photo portraits which every client loves. I prefer the truthful scrutiny.
If the composition and proportions are believeable the painting will work, the proportions don't have to be classically correct just believeable.