So last Thanksgiving I decided to paint my last living grandparent, my paternal grandmother, a picture of my recently deceased paternal grandfather. The result was that while my aunts and uncles recognised it immediately as Grandpa (from when he was younger) Grandma still said, "Who is that, dear?" Or words to that effect.
My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas and having just been at the Gage Drawing Jam, I mentioned they were having an acrylic portrait class. So most of the following sketches and paintings are from that class. We spent a few weeks learning (or relearning in my case) the foundations of drawing the human face. Always nice to have a brush-up.
In some cases, I've put in the different stages--for example, our teacher has us sketch on the coloured ground, and then we go over our sketch with the raw umber, before putting our midtones or other values on.
Note: with the exception of the last four pictures, all pictures were done from real life models or pictures I own. The last four portrait studies (George Takei, Idris Elba, Julianne Moore, and Radmilla Cody, respectively) are from online/magazines. (Practising different skin tones, although I haven't got that far in the studies yet.)