I thought I would write this blog as it is another theme I have picked up on in my teaching experience, the obsession over the final piece. I think we all like the idea of working towards a finished developed piece of artwork and there is nothing wrong with this. It is just sometimes as beginners it might be better to approach smaller chunks at a time by doing several small things like sketching, drawing exercises and colour mixing, rather than being fixed to the idea that we have to complete final pieces and to perfection because this may not be realistic.
One of the common problems and questions I get about portraits is how do I get a likeness? I discuss this and offer some tips on this challenging area. Of course there are many ways to tackle a portrait, here I give some tips based on how I would develop a portrait but if something else works for you, stick with it!