These are a few more facial studies from the reference photo I’m using. I’m trying to get the expressions and facial structures right before committing myself to the larger painting that I want to try to do. I’m also going to have to get the figure down at some point which so far I’ve been avoiding. I’ll have to bite the bullet on that one at some point though.
I think I’ll try doing some slightly larger facial studies with more shading first though. I want to see if that helps define the people a bit better since right now I still don’t think they’re really recognizable. Getting the faces right seems like the most important part to me. The rest will matter too to some extent but if the faces are right then any minor errors in other part won’t matter as much. On the other hand if the faces are really badly off then it won’t matter if everything else is perfect because it will still just look wrong. That’s my theory anyway and why I’m spending so much time on this even though it makes me feel like I’m not really making any progress.
I might work on it a little more today but I want to get this posted now so that I’m not up late again trying to get my sketches uploaded and put together a post. I’m still working on getting my sleeping schedule back in order and trying to catch up on missed sleep so that I don’t make myself sick.