Thanks, i usually use the grid method but every now and again i will go freehand. This was the first time i had done so in a while but oh it was close lol. Nice hair on yours by the way, i enjoyed doing the hair on this one.
As I said: freehand or grid... Likeness is more than physical arrangement of facial features.. It is an essence that is projected from the entire sum and your portraits truly explode with essence. My portraits - which are mostly freehand but basically done with a mental grid I developed... Truly lack this essence - and try as might, I get glimpses of this essence way too seldom. Every time I finish a portrait I check myself and usually admit that it looks like an ok map but not as a portrait with a soul... But I have learned to live with that. I just couldn't bear reworking my drawings, or putting more than 2 hours into a single portrait - and that is why I draw with pens, no eraser at all. If I make a mistake that is too great, I scrap it altogether. I do that 30% of the time, and it hurts... But I have learned to live with that too. I am getting a lot better though... Again, my admiration goes to you, and I am lucky to have crossed your path. Cheers.
Yes yes that's exactly what i try to get in there, a likeness is all well and good but to go deeper than that is a stimulating challenge especially with cellebs and who so easily fall into character whenever a camera is pointed at them. I study a reference photo to try to find the thoughts and emotions going on behind the expression and i try to get that in there if possible. I must say that to get to this stage has taken a great deal of persistence and practice and it doesn't always pay off but it is a strong motivation for me when i find a nice shot. Just keep at it and as long as the enjoyment and motivation is there one can only get better.