I've always had trouble finding good portraits with superb lighting to do studies from. I've been through google images, deviantart, photography mob, but it seems I've used up those resources to the point where it's impossible to find newer material.
Anybody know of really good sites that offer great non-cropped portraits in awesome lighting?
They're cheap paperback compilations of photographs depicting old Hollywood stars from the thirties on up. These books are particularly useful because the photographers back then relied heavily on Rembrandt lighting, which is dramatic compared to the flat lighting you typically see in today's fashion magazines. Because there is such a stark drop off from the lights to the shadows, one can more readily learn about turning the form on a smooth gradient, how cast shadows help to describe the form underneath, the effectiveness of developing a simple two-value drawing, the importance of shape design and simplification, and all that jazz.
Alternatively, you can just do a Google image search for the stars above, like Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Susan Hayward, etc. Found a great one here, with high resolution scans:
Online tv - I like the news, interviews, documentaries, etc. The cool thing is you can see the person moving and use a couple of screen shots to go beyond the reinterpretation of just one photograph (ie. push the features/angles that you think fit the person/mood etc.)