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Oh wow! You’re so sweet! Thank you!
I know this may sound lame, but observation is the best thing! Observe portraits or even your own face and break things down into shapes before sketching in the little details. (for instance I use a circle for the end of the nose, and quickly sketch the shape of the eyes before adding lashes, pupils, anything like that). This allows you to have more of a ‘loose arm’ in sketching which puts more energy behind your work. Atleast that’s what I find. :P Ever notice how sometimes your thumbnail sketches may look better than the final line work? That’s because when sketching ideas you are more carefree with it and the energy behind the piece really shows through. I hope that makes sense.
Another thing, that I am still figuring out, is to really play around with different features. Some people have long thing noses, some round and short… every feature can differ so much from person to person. take this and try slightly exaggerating these features to create an interesting character. :) Another great tip is to continuously flip/mirror your image! You’ll be surprised and horrified by the mistakes that will just jump out at you. You may be scared to see all these mistakes, but putting the effort in will improve your skills immensely.
I hope this was somewhat helpful. Keep your eyes open. Use reference, practise with some life drawing, observe the human body always, and keep looking at other artists! It’s amazing how motivation and inspiration from your favourite artists can boost your art. Find a piece you love (as you mentioned above) and don’t be ashamed to copy what you like for practice. You can then incorporate styles that you love into your own work to create something fresh and interesting. Something unique to you. You will find that all the artists you may consider masters all have their own artists that they admire and artists that have led them to do what they do today. They say “all art is theft” but I think it’s more like “all art is inspired.” :)
Some of my personal favourites are Adam Hughes (he’s a legend!), the beautiful Charlie Bowater, Joshua Middleton, James Jean, Alphonse Mucha (who doesn’t love that guy)… I’ll stop there for now cuz the list is too long!
And again, DA is great for tons of reference photos. Check out their references and stock images. And don’t do what I do and forget to save the link to whatever photo you may draw from so you can source everything and give credit!
Hope this helped! and thank you for asking. :)