@cas747 go with your heart bro, go with your heart.
@Fulip I think your new renders look a lot better, but yea that could just be a preference kind of thing. I used to use the filter effects like that as well, but one I also had someone tell me to stop using them lol. But, I don’t think there is anything wrong with them, you just have to use them correctly. Basically, no one should be able to look at your piece and recognize the filter effect, which is hard, but typically that means using it a lot more subtle and sparingly.
I definitely like the bike a lot, and the helmet, both are done really well. Have you been modeling a long time? That’s quite impressive to make all of that in a weekend. The character proportions seem good enough, but your pose seems off to me, and the clothing feels flat. And for a final thought, other than the background, is the lighting. I’m still learning a lot about lighting, so I could be way off with this, but for some reason the lighting looks very soft. If you were getting sunlight it should be very hard I think, unless maybe it’s towards the evening. But yea, everything has this soft feeling which makes it look kind of unnatural, almost like clay or something… Hard to say. I’m also being very observant so I don’t think most people would look that much into it.