I couldn't really find a good photo of Luke, so this was the best one? The photo didn't have a lot of contrast, and his face was actually tough to capture. Also, he is not looking directly at you, so hopefully, I was able to reproduce that look?
yeah, I just did him cuz I thought it would be good to do 2 brothers. Starting a new one tonight. Torn between Hugh Laurie (looking down) so it's not the classic look for him, OR a pic of Jesus Christ beat to a bloody pulp, looking up from the cross with one eye open. I think I'm up for that? It's a great pic from the movie PASSION. Quite shocking! I'll have to flip a coin?
I honestly must not see what others do? Some I am really proud of, but others, not so much? It has become normal for me? I hope that doesn't sound arrogant? and YES, you have great skills, and so young too. Think of what you can do after 20 years of practice???
Ah! For a realistic portrait based on a ref or with a live model, I use drawlines to indicate top of head, chin, ears, etc.) and go straight to the eyes, working them up to near-finished state, before sketching in the rest.
When creating a face from imagination I just play around, letting whatever might emerge, emerge.
Thanks a lot! I end up redrawing the eyebrows many times, in layers. I usually start with a B or 2B, but just like the eyes, I start AND come back to and finish with them. They are the key to the drawing