Do you have any advice on how to improve drawing realistic faces? Thanks!
I’m not sure if you mean drawing realistic faces in general or how to paint faces photorealistically but imo the most important aspect of both is being familiar with the general proportions of a face, e.g. this:
And of course these proportions vary by individual, and an infant isn’t going to have the exact same proportions as an adult, but knowing the general rules helps me a ton, both in drawing without reference and trying to capture likenesses. (There are tons of resources out there dealing with facial proportions that can explain it better than I can, so if you’re not already familiar with this stuff, I think it’d definitely be worth it to google some)
If you mean painting photorealistically, then I would say practice is the most important aspect. Paint a lot using reference, and try to get your painting as close to the reference as possible, and if it doesn’t look exactly like the reference, figure out why and learn from that. Treat facial features as three-dimensional objects that reflect light and cast shadow depending on their shape. If possible, try drawing/painting from life. That’ll give you a better sense of the three-dimensionality as well.
Saturday mornings were designated as ‘stay in bed and cuddle for hours’ for the Hemmings family. So your six month old baby boy would come spend time in bed with the two of you. The morning filled with Disney movies, happy baby squeals from being tickled, laying close together with your son in the middle. Only leaving the bed to go fetch a box of cereal to share and to fix a bottle. Leaving tons of tiny kisses on chubby baby cheeks, Luke would lean over to give you quick but sweet kisses on your lips a few times. “Did you know that you’re one of my favorite faces to wake up to?”, he would ask his son, rolling over to let the baby sit on his chest. “Other than you’re mum because she’s pretty great to wake up to.”. Luke insisted on having special days for cuddling since he had to work long days and tour. Soaking up all the precious family moments he could. Your son would adjust himself to lay his head on Luke’s chest, his nap time fast approaching you knew he would be asleep soon. Luke softly humming and rubbing the sleepy boys back; you sliding over to rest your head on your husbands shoulder. Your finger running over his soft baby cheek as his eyes fluttered shut; feeling the need to sleep more come over you as well. Luke kissing the top of both your heads with a slight laugh. “My cute family wants to sleep on me. What could be better than this?”.