Hello Andrew and hello to all the participants. First of all, thank you very much for create this competition, it has been an intense two weeks and I have learned so much, I don't feel that my sculpture is fully finished (I will continue working on it) but here is the result at this point, and I'm very happy with it.
Hello, what I will tell you... has two parts, first at all i understand that you want to exercise in the portrait and at the same time make a nice gift to your friend,.... but I think that for the moment you should separate the two goals, because maybe you are rushing things, working against the clock, my advice in this case would be (just to be effective and arrive with the gift on time), solve it by tracing the photo on a light table ... (photo printing) and make a beautiful and stylized line art, with textures and spots, without shading in this case, because the photograph you have taken is not the best reference for shading, in parallel and without the pressure of time, continue with your learning process in measurements and block in your drawings, I hope I have been of some help,...keep progressing (and sorry for my english)
First time participating in this challenge! Looked interesting and here’s my final piece! Included are the sketch submission and the colored piece (I couldn’t not color it.) Had a ton of fun putting together this little jazz band :] Colored piece done in gouache in my sketchbook and sketch is done in colored pencil and micron pen