The illusion of realism in an image is dependent upon the correct organisation of values. A value is how light or dark a portion of an image is, whether monochrome or colour, in relation to the rest of the image. It is the interplay of light and dark that creates recognisable, shape and form from abstraction. For this to work, the darkest lights, should not be darker than the lightest darks, otherwise the illusion fails. This is one of the fundamentals of realistic artwork that all artists struggle with in the beginning. It takes time and practice to master. To that end I am building an online art course.
For a limited time and for a limited number of people, I am offering a free critique of one artwork to help start pointing you in the right direction. Become a member on my site to take advantage of this offer. Details of how the critique will be done, will be emailed to you after you register.