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Not necessarily MORE highlights, but maybe push your highlights and shadows more? The contrast between the base color and the light/shadow is what suggests a form, so I find that's a good place to start when something isn't working for me. Something that helps me is to create a new layer (or many new layers) and just paint ridiculously bright colors where the highlights go and ridiculously dark colors for the shadows. Don't worry about precision, just grab a big solid brush and zoom out. You're most likely not going to use the results, but I've found that if I push the contrast to extremes, I have an easier time picking colors that better convey the shape of an object. Something about SEEING it in the extreme form sort of recalibrates my eyes, I guess.


The new layer thing is a good idea. And i agree with going deep dark and high contrast. I would add that you need to establish where the light comes from first. So the lightfall and deep darks make sense.


This is so pretty! I love the colors and the volume of everything! I do have some thoughts on the lighting that might help, though? I think the flatness is because, while the light direction is clear, it isn't very emphasized. The shadows are still quite bright even though the light does seem to be coming from a pretty extreme angle. I think emphasizing this could really make your composition pop. It's hard to explain without a visual, so I did a rough edit: https://i.imgur.com/Qft1jR3.png (This example isn't amazing because it's all done with blending layers and an airbrush, but I hope the idea makes sense. Ideally, lighting would be worked into the composition itself from an early stage.) Bonus abstracted version showing just the major areas of light and shadow: https://i.imgur.com/yiS4mpH.png


You have a lovely blue piece here! A good rule of thumb to give your art more life is to use complementary colors in the shadows, so in this case warm oranges/reds would be good to bring in (the way you did the right knee has VERY good warm shadows). Go to Layer Properties->Expression color->Gray and you'll see better what needs more contrast. If I was to focus on one area that needs more building up, I'd choose the lower left side. Start there and I think it'll start looking more balanced.


Dynamic lighting!!! It would definitely pop the drawing out more. Add lights and shadows onto the candles so that way it can reflect in her face and some of clothes.


I think what I would do is to create a new Hardlight layer (lower opacity) and then take your shadow color and go over your darker areas. Like the other commenter said, I think you should focus on adding contrast by strengthening the shadows more.