Someone recently noted (I apologize for forgetting who) that the difference of a millimeter changes a face from beautiful to... not as beautiful in terms of proportion. Drawing these portraits has made me a true believer of that. Unbelievably, I have found that erasing from one side v. the other of a bold line makes all the difference in the world between making someone identifiable v. not. It's painstaking for someone who has not done this type of work before, but I love the fact that it's made me really tune into details. So, onward and upward, as the saying goes.
Oh, I also realized that I need to stick with floating heads for awhile. I tried filling in a neckine and jacket and it again just completely changed the look of it. I continue to be in awe of those people who can sit down and quickly sketch a completely recognizable character. Maybe one day...
Hmmm... I should upload things more often. It's amazing how seeing them on the screen allows me to see EVEN MORE of the imperfections. A slightly revised version below.
I can still see a lot of things I want to change... I'm going to walk away for a little while and come back to it with clearer eyes.
okay, okay, okay, okay, okay... my hubby is about ready to have me committed because I can't keep away... I keep tweaking and adjusting things that he says only I can see, which is probably true. But now I'm obsessed (as usual) and I can't stop fiddling with this.