Welcome to this humble overview which presents some thoughts on how to approach drawing the portrait.
Bear in mind that we won't copy the photo like in the photorealism style, instead we will use the reference as a guide and we will create our own vision of the subject. We will explore simple drawing, a more elaborated sketch.
So let's get started!
(It's essential to study and draw the head from life, but here we will focus on working from photo references)
This step is the most significant part. Let's take a look at some examples, bad ones and good ones.
(I randomly picked a well known face for our purpose, in this case the actress Charlize Theron)
Now we have our reference.
This next step is to make things a bit easier for the less experienced eye.