I don't have the confidence to sketch a block-in without obsessive measurements. My goal is to discard the ruler and confidently use more mass than line in my drawings
I didn't see the downloads until just a few minutes ago. I followed the visual style and did some measuring. Although, to be honest I struggle with the measuring. By struggling I mean I seem to take an inordinate amount of time to measure and when I think I have it, I measure again and come to realize that nope, my proportions are incorrect. I'll try it again with the newly downloaded portraits provided. In the meantime, here is what I managed by doing the first 3 videos of the visual style. I know it is still not accurate, but would like to hear some feedback as to what I need to improve. Yes I know I added features (like the mouth and the eyes) when that's not part of the first 3 videos.
Hello Stephen, Great job. I just finished watching the entire series of real-time videos and I got a lot out of it. You gave lots of good ideas about technique and things to think about while creating a portrait like this. But... at the very last moment of the final video, there's a bit of a surprise. In the image below, the left side shows how your drawing appears throughout the real-time videos. Then, on the right side, we see the final drawing in the "Thanks For Watching" screen and it is much darker with more contrast. Can you please tell me which one, left or right, best represents the final image? I actually like both, but I'm about to try this portrait myself and I want to mimic your approach as much as I can. But now I'm not sure what my end-state is supposed to look like. Thanks Rich