I think the last one would benefit from a dark background. The colours in her face look dark and muted against the white.
Ah, yes! Hadn't thought of that - just using MyPaint's default bg colour. Thanks!
Are you painting on top of your reference images?
Not directly as such... I drag the reference photo into MyPaint and loosely sketch out the rough details for placement reference. Then just slide the photo to one side. Obviously when its a small image, the sketch out also becomes pretty small. Doh!
The sketch I only use to get the base colour blocked out and the placement of details, then I turn it off and eyeball it from the photo to paint it up. Its 99% of the enjoyment - the observation process creating the details and overall lighting without feeling like I'm just painting inside a drawing.
One way of getting the right resolution is to use the frame tool to set up a working area at the beginning. If you enable the Tool Options panel you can type in the size.
Awesome. Thanks for that advice...
Is there any way I can scale a layer? That would be useful to make sure I get things larger then doing a resize in another tool.