Portrait drawing! What can I say, everyone wants to learn to draw people!
While people are fascinating subjects, drawing them can be very intimidating both for the beginner and the more advanced student. And why not? It is very true that there is much to learn in order to draw a face that is not awkward-looking.
And that is saying nothing about using portraiture to express an emotion, or reveal something about the sitter to the audience.
There is so much more to portraiture than just being able to draw a technically accurate face. But, one step at a time. Before you delve into the many possibilities of portraiture, you need to have a good understanding of value, light and form, how to construct a head and its features, and much more.
Everything that you have ever learned about drawing comes together to
draw an accurate face and figure. They are timeless subjects that we are
all interested in.
There is no one way to draw a head (or anything, for that matter!). This is because no two drawing scenarios are ever exactly the same, so there can be no formula for drawing. However, there are plenty of strategies to draw portraits. You may choose to rely on head construction to block-in your portrait. Or maybe you see shapes particularly well, and will rely on those.
Interestingly, whatever you feel is the most comfortable and effective drawing strategy for you at the moment, I can guarantee that your drawing will improve immensely if you also study the method that is most challenging for you.
This is because if you learn various strategies, you will be able to
combine them to solve whatever drawing problem you have before you,
and getting stuck will become a thing of the past.