In the second half of the second course I attended, we focused on portraits. The first image we drew was Beethoven’s death mask.
We initially worked from the death mask image upside-down. This was a useful technique to force us to concentrate on studying the contrasts in the image, rather than relying on assumptions based on the subject matter. It is a technique that I’ve used in later drawings, not just of faces.
Here is another face, from an image of a sculpture:
And this is a copy of someone’s version of Jesus. Looks like Ross Noble.
Moving beyond faces, this is the hand and arm of a live model (a fellow student).
This is the first portrait I made of a live model:
This is a pastel drawing of someone else’s sketch of the previous lesson’s live model.