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Forged in Fire, indeed!  I like this guy.

He passes my "squint test" (effective highlighting/shading/contrast) and the extra effort on the face pays off.

I also like the bark and inner wood colors and textures, and your directional brushwork on the apron.

I would expect to see another step or two up on the highlights of the anvil, hammer-head, and tongs -- about as light as the values you painted on the hair and beard -- where light is glinting off their smooth hard surfaces.  Those lighter highlights might be on edges or faces, depending on how you want to simulate the light.  It can be tough to paint convincing dark-shiny objects, but clearly you have the skills to do it!

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