Sometimes Half Good is More than Enough
Half of this yearbook portrait turned out wonderfully and the other half slid off the rails. It started going bad after I was more than halfway finished so it was too late to make the necessary structural corrections. No matter. My goal with these portraits is never a hyper-realistic rendering; instead, I use yearbook reference photos to study value changes in the face and to help generate original character studies. Were I to repurpose this sketch into another project, I would simply crop out the offending bits and use the half I like...easy peasy, nothing queasy.