Bethany - Thank you so much. I'm glad you see progress. Not sure if I do, but no matter what, I will keep on it.
Nanzi - Thank you very very much. Character is very important for me, more important than a photographic likeness (which is still what a skill I want to learn, to be able to work perfect in all ... but in the end it has to go together with character).
Harry - Thank you so much for commenting. I's like to learn how to paint real thick with impasto brushwork and still keep realism. What I want to learn is the technique Sargent, Zorn, Fechin and others used, portraits that are best looked at from a certain distance.
Here is the result from todays drawing session. Working time about 2 hours, pretty much life size (or tiny slightly smaller). Natural charcoal and charcoal pencil here and there (mainly for the glasses ... I really like models with glasses, they give all kind of weird funny shadows, distortions and reflections).
It is the same model I painted a few weeks back:
Again two portraits from the same person which might like mediocre nice seen alone, but they show two different persons. That means I'm still in a lot of trouble (so I need more practice, way more practice).
Also I have problems with the construction and especially with the placement of the middle-line alignment of the face and the eyes-nose-mouth placement. Or maybe it is the wide of the side of the face that is more far away from me compared to the side that is more close. I have the tendency to place all in a more full-frontal position. Need to slow down and measure more.
Thank you for looking, C&C always appreciated.