What do you do first when starting a painting? Every artist will have a different approach.
I’ve always been super comfortable with pencil sketches when looking for accuracy and likeness so I’ve found that the pencil is a good starting point for me to get main features, lines and proportions correct.
And… this is my starting point for a self portrait. A photograph and a simple line drawing. As you can see I’ve cropped things a bit closer for the painting but it’s important to get the basics correct if you want to achieve a good likeness. I’m never going to be a hyper-realistic painter but my intention is to work on portraits (self or otherwise) for the foreseeable future to see how I can develop those skills.
You’ll have to come back another day to see it’s evolution though.
This painting will be on 16”x12” Canvas Board