Skold - Yo thanks for the input! I have similar sentiments.
Peninsula - Oh wow I didn't know that! I'll try to look more into how things are photographed and try to be more careful with references. And yeah recently I've had a bit of a fascination with Greenland. Thanks for the positive words!
Before I knew it I got kind of sidetracked for a number of days. I've been drawing every day but veered away from my regular schedule which probably wasn't a good idea but I read some fascinating things so in the end not so bad. Gonna try to get back on the horse.
Haha another Greenland house... I really enjoy how colorful Greenland houses look. It's like someone scattered house shaped m&ms over a barren, snowy landscape.
I was looking at models.com to see if I could use any of their photos to do studies of and thought for my purposes now (compare and study facial features? or just painting portraits) it's probably better to use unedited photos. I'm no editing expert though so I don't think I can tell the difference between an edited photo and an unedited photo 100% of the time. However I found out the polaroids section all the way on the bottom is your best bet for unedited photos of models without makeup and fancy lighting since these images are used by photographers to get a better sense of how these models look like "in the raw." There isn't a variety of body sizes/ages/lighting etc to study but I still feel the variety they have in facial features (however limited it may be compared to the general populace) was still interesting. Just another resource to add to one's repertoire.
I was looking at Sam Nielson's blog
. He has some informative and interesting thoughts on a host of topics. I thought his processes on how to go about painting digitally were insightful. Also the stuff on lighting was interesting since I never thought much about lighting before.
I tried experimenting with other coloring processes but felt a little frustrated haha. Still it was invaluable reading how others go about things and trying it out.