.... and other wayward teachings of Wade Huntsman.
I say roll with the splochiness- its painterly. as far as the hair goes, anything you choose should look okay as long as it is uniform- that is choose one or the other and run with it completely
I'm not sure if I'm settled on the value behind his head. I like the design idea with the circles. Let them stand by themselves, I don't think you need to paint a dark value over them. Your paint application feels good though man. Your definitely getting better!
I think some over-all texture in the background might make it feel less elementary, but I agree with those two... nice work. It doesn't really feel like you, though... I'm not sure what it is. Is there a picture you're working from? That might help. :)