I've never had any kind of training in drawing, but since I found my boyfriend's wacom I've been trying, so this felt a bit difficult for me especially since I've never tried painting in black and white. I also don't use Photoshop but instead Mediban paint, wich I think is easier to work with, even though PH of course had way more options and functions. Well here goes nothing!
This is a pricture I shot of a friend from a few years back. Hang some sheets (ducktaped to the ceiling) in my apartment and with only daylight as a lightsource, I hastily edited the picture a bit (I'm terrible at photomanipulations so maybe should start with some classes about that).
Nothing much to say. Felt a bit unusual and difficult. In hindsight maybe I edited it a bit to much, got a lot of very light values and a lot of very dark values, but since my eyesight is quite poor it was easier working with less detail and textures. A lot of the shapes where changed in later process since I'm not as comfortable with shapes as an artist maybe should be, but this value trick made it a lot easier to work with the piece.
The upper painting is the original finished painting and the one under I tweaked the levels which I think made it a bit softer. I was acutally surprised how much she looks like my friend, didn't think I would be able to get her likeness. Of course there's still much I want to work on (especially eyes and hair, though these are probably the best eyes I've managed so far), but I felt this lesson helped me to focus on the right thing. Otherwise I feel its easy to get lost in a piece and don't really know what to do with it so I usually dart from half finished detail to half finished detail.