I'm at a stage where I'm really quite frustrated with my progress. I'm really needing to learn how to properly construct heads. I have taken a couple months off, and though I do realize that I need to practice all the time, which I did before up until about 2 months ago, as my frustration level was so high, that the thought of drawing made me physically ill. So I put it down.
Well, I'm ready to tackle this again. My problem is, is that I'm not sure I 'get it'. I have read lots of tutorials, have the Loomis books, read the Ron Lemen tutes, 'Drawing on Right Side of the Brain, etc., everything to try to figure this out, but to no avail. I'm posting only 2 images here, for more examples, one can reference my sketchbook, which though it has not been updated in quite a while, the head studies in there are pretty close to what I have been doing now. Therefore, to save space, If you don't mind, please take a look there.
Here I have posted 2 images I've done this weekend. One is an image of Scarlett Johansson, which I copied (I mean, I did NOT trace, but now I'm afraid to say used photo reference because I don't know what that really means), to be sure that it isn't that I'm just incapable of drawing. The other are just some anonymous head studies I did just before the Scarlett picture.
But I need to learn to do this stuff from my head. I can't envision myself always having to copy photos in order to draw decent heads. Because then what will I have to do to draw hands? One of the things I notice, is that the far side of the head always seems to jut out, but when I try to pull it in, the rest of the features seem to compress incorrectly. Also, the placements of the far eye, mouth and nose bottom are always giving me a bunch of trouble. You'll see. And I have not even begun to try to do any type of expression, or draw open mouths.
What am I missing? What things do I need to do to figure this out? I mean, if I have to draw 20 heads a day to get this I will, but, I'm afraid that because I am missing something, that I am somehow embedding incorrect habits that are messing me up and I need to stop now before it's too late.
Here are the images, please help...