I really love drawing and painting people. I have been doing it since I was a child. People are fascinating. There's nothing better than working from a model. There is a real connection that happens. I always find this to be the best way to do a portrait--from life. Learning to look for the planes of the head and the subtle colors in the skin tones is essential. When working from life is not an option, photographs will definitely work as a reference. Having a good camera and taking good pictures with proper lighting is best.