I made some more progress on that oil painting of Malachy that I started on the last day of class. Believe it or not, the underlying flesh tone is exactly the same - I didn't touch it. The difference is that I photographed the first one in a dark basement and the second one in natural light.
The most noticeable change is the background. The subject photo has a blue background, but I don't care. In my opinion blue looks okay in a landscape and crappy everywhere else. (And for the record, my blog is most certainly not blue!)