For my Super Workshops (5-days, limited to 5 students) I require students send me their reference photos and line drawings about a month before the workshop begins. I become Mean & Picky Ann at this point, and won't let them transfer their tracing onto their drawing paper until I'm completely happy with their tracing. When it comes to portraits, you can not be careful enough with your line drawing (tracing) and if you rush this step and trace inaccurately, all is pretty much lost from the start.
Here's an example of a tracing that needed some work. It was a quite a good tracing, but that nose and mouth (and eyebrows) were really bothering me so I showed her how to do it (above left) and you can see what an improvement it is below.
In order to avoid Mean & Picky Ann, I should send the following article to every student before a Super Workshop! This is a reprint from the July 2007 issue of my magazine, available on CD Combo 8. The animation won't work here, and the images won't enlarge (they do on the CD Combo) but I feel it's still helpful enough to include here.
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