This was going to be a painting but I just couldn't get the angle and proportions right so I did what I should have done at the start and made a drawing.
I'd forgotten how satisfying it is to draw with charcoal on large pieces of paper (A1)... you can get your whole body moving with the mark-making. And of course, you can work out those knotty angles and proportions much more easily. Drawing solves everything. It's my new mantra.
This is a TEDx Talk that SPW gave in 2014 about the nature of portraiture and painting in general. It tails off a bit at the end but he says some really interesting and down-to-earth things about paintings being theatre and merely a 2D object masquerading as a 3D object. He doesn't have any truck with the notion that 'a good portrait should reveal the soul of a sitter', but that at best, a portrait can only reflect the mood or character of the sitter. I'm paraphrasing here as there doesn't seem to be a transcript of the talk. I like his pragmatism as well as his work. Worth 16 minutes of your time.