Greetings all, i'm a hobbyist artist from Australia.
I was the art kid of my small rural school, but didn't see any way to carve a career out for it, so I studied psychology instead. Loved the subject, but not a fan of the actual work and I came back to art again to clear my head in late 2017 and have been actively trying to improve since then, cobbling together treasured knowledge from here and there on youtube. I kind of fell away from it again last year because I started going in circles though.
I started the course when the quarintine hit to get back into mode and to give myself a central pillar to rotate my learning around. It's been really good for that, and I finally begun to see improvement again. My actual progress through the course is going to be slow because i'm using each topic as more a springboard into that topic.
I've been on face and portrait anatomy for about three months now, though I have been playing around with rendering practice in general which is a bit off topic for where i'm at in the course, but it's felt like the right thing to practice while focusing on faces.
Here's some of my progress in that time:
I wasn't bad but I struggled with structure and painting faces took me a long time because I was aimless and just kind of noodled around until it came together.
I spent a month aggressively drawing and redrawing Marc's head structure method, went through Marco Bucci's head anatomy course and drew skulls while referencing from a little anatomical skull model that I got off amazon.
I focused on each individual face feature drawing and redrawing. I used some tutorials from Aaron Blaise as well.
Overall ability around that time:
I focused more on painting and rendering and did some style studies. A lot of studies of Loish and Leyendecker.
I feel like things finally began to click after the style studies and I began to like my works, so I've been playing a lot with personal work and just exploring what i've been learning.
Overall progress since starting on period of focus on faces: