I have been scribbling faces and figures on scrap paper for some time, but now I want to create attractive, realistic, fine art images of faces and of figures in environments. It is time to improve my skills. I have had a few courses at the local art association but otherwise I am self-taught.
Here is one I drew from life two years ago. He was the only one in the coffee shop who was still enough for me to draw.
Here are two pastels I did from life in a portraiture course. Both sessions ended before I could get far on the hair. Lesson: don't shilly-shally!
Two from imagination:
Here is one using a drawing by Joseph Sheppard as reference:
Two from photograph references: