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    help with portrait

    So I've been working an hour on this portrait and I don't see my own mistakes anymore..

    I used several reference photos but this one is my mainreference, especially for the skin I improvised and tried to make the colors more interesting than in the photo

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    You've managed to capture the expression fairly well, but the biggest issue is that his face is wider in the portrait than the reference photo.

    As for making the facial colors more interesting...forget who originally linked this, but it's handy! Color Zones of the Face

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    the misplacement of the jaw makes the face appear really wide... re-draw the left side and adjust the right side of the jaw and it will look better.. both as structure in perspective, and it will also be more like the reference..

    observe!

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    I agree that the expression is good.

    Also, your version is more head-on, exactly front view, while your ref is at an angle (look at the nose, and look at his jaw to see the difference.

    I think a helpful exercise to avoid the "left-brain" facial feature approach would be to turn your reference upside down, and do your drawing upside down, trying to draw what you see, consciously recognizing the facial features. But upside down would probably force you to notice subtle angles and such.

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    Don't forget to flip the image occasionally to see it in a different view....it helps to avoid something like what Zirn observed, from happening.

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    in the photo the face is tilted up a little.. in the painting he is facing straight ahead. That may be something you are doing conciously, im simply pointing it out.

    and like the others said, good job on the expression

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