When painting the portrait from life, drawing is essential, draw first and measure second. It improves your eye judgement. Try to have the model next to your canvas, scrutinise both from a distance of 2 M-it is easier to make comparative judgements when the two are side by side.
Remember, it is the tonal values that define form.You must have the correct relationship between the light and shadow and the correct transitional tone
Common errors in drawing are the eyes, nose and mouth aren't on the same axis.
The eyes are too white.
Scared of painting shadows on the face as it doesnt resemble skin colour.
I will be staging a workshop in Trouville 27 - 30 th June, 4 days in a fabulous artist's house.
Demonstration on the first morning, Small demonstrations on painting eyes, form and colour.
The painting above Alban Trilogie will be on display at the MEAM Museum of Modern Art Barcelona from June https://www.meam.es/