These points from a well known philosopher may apply well to deconstructing a portrait as well.
- Divide every question into manageable parts.
- Begin with the simplest issues and ascend to the more complex.
- Review frequently enough (step back) to retain the whole argument (impression) at once.
|Step 1 - Block in the biggest shapes.|
|Roughly but accurately suggest placement of major geometry.|
|Break it down.|
|Step back and assess, then refine. Is everything locking into place like it should?|
|Take a break and look at it.|
Note: My aspect ratio on my drawing is a bit shorter up and down. I can just get a little bit less of the collar in this study. Also, I drew the value scale on another layer to keep it separated.