@Stan Prokopenko when you say to work on shading, do you suggest putting all the lines in the same direction (as in draw a line, pick up the pencil, go back, draw another line) or to go back and forth in kind of a zigzag fashion? I get that we should use the tip of the pencil. I'd like to practice but would like clarification on process. Thanks!
I was upset that I spent 40 minutes doing the rough lay-ins for just a portrait drawing but after seeing Stan spend an hour and a half on it I realized that getting the correct proportions does take time. That's why a lot of my portrait drawings, while they look like real people, don't look exactly like the actual subject. I relied too much on my pre-established knowledge of the placement of facial features (loomis method hello) that it hindered my observation skills.
I love how you're breaking this down into simplified shapes, my instructors never taught me that skill whilst I was getting my Visual Arts degree. I just went straight @ this assignment and paid attention to values and anatomy on my end. I'll have to try the trick or thumbnailing the portrait moving forward, looks like it may be a very useful skill to have available in my toolbox.