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  1. Edges are just a little zaggity. Check your export settings, you may need to anti-alias.
  2. It's the glasses. This has come up before. The design of the glasses themselves is trademarked. Ordinarily, that wouldn't be a problem, since the photo isn't of or about the glasses, but the designer (I think it was Versace) sued Shutterstock once, so now they ban them.
  3. Since, ultimately, we're here for the money, that's a top tier deal breaker.
  4. One trick I've used for an image that I really liked, but was just a tad soft, is to posterize the color only. I don't know how it works in other programs, but in Corel, I make a duplicate layer, posterize it to a level that looks good (not too intense) and set the layer to color only. Then I adjust that layer's transparency to the best appearance (usually 50% is just right) This won't fix images that are clearly out of focus, but it will sharpen marginal photos.
  5. Black and white often looks sharper than color. Reds and browns in particular bleed their luminance across edges. I have occasionally saved slightly soft focused images by reducing the saturation.
  6. It's nudity. That's all it takes to be mature content, no matter how classical it is.
  7. Move the pencil with your arm, instead of your fingers. If you were in my class, I would give you two exercises to do. One, I would set up a large sketchpad on an easel, and have you stand at arm's length to draw the model, filling the page. Use a soft charcoal pencil that makes a nice dark mark, so you're not tempted to get closer to the paper to see your lines. The other would be to have you lay your hand palm down and stick the pencil between your fingers, sticking straight up. Put the paper on a table and draw like a mechanical plotter. Keep your wrist and hand straight, and
  8. You are mistaken. "Talent" is developed, not innate. It is possible for anyone to learn to draw reasonably well, you just don't want to do the work. I teach drawing. I get the "but I can't draw" all the time from people, and I tell them, "that's why you take classes." The skills involved in drawing improve all aspects of creative work. You learn to observe and analyze light and composition. You learn attention to detail. You learn some friggin patience with the process. Not everyone can be Rembrandt, but everyone can learn to draw.
  9. I don't know what program you are using, but there should be a way to set the nodes to asymmetric, which is easier to adjust after you have drawn the shapes. Look for controls that affect the properties of the nodes and lines.
  10. Learning to draw is what other artists do. Either study and learn, or don't do it.
  11. Let's have a look at the image. Maybe you missed something.
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