Originally Posted by mbleily
I see so many things wrong with this now but I know that I have gotten off track. I am sorry I seem to be obsessed .LOL I will try to stay on track from now on.
Thanks for putting up with me and my old brain.
Your assessment in your earlier post was quite correct - the head is turned more than you had it shown- especially the nose. Nonetheless, you have some nice things happening! Your first version actually has the basic shape of the head quite good!
As you read through these lessons, you will notice that I am a real proponent of guidelines. Without guidelines, I would mis- locate the features every time! In this case the head is turned to the side a bit, so I would need a guideline for the center of the face (red). Even with this guideline correct, you need to remember that the nose sticks out from the face (blue line). I mention this because I see many portraits (not just from beginners either) where the tip of the nose isn't offset as I have shown here.
I have shown the guidelines for the slight downward tilt of the head as well (yellow).
And yes, pastels are difficult! I did most of my earliest portraits in pencil. I tried for many years to do them in pastels and then gave up!! I couldn't get the detail and control with the fairly thick (compared to a pencil) pastel. Ultimately, I just accepted that pastels were more difficult and I couldn't "fine-tune" the same way I would with a pencil. It takes practice!!
But you are doing very well! Just look at the big shapes and the guidelines before getting into the details!