This past October and November I focused on producing quickly rendered portraits. I wanted to improve the accuracy of rendering a likeness while maintaining a fast pace. I used a 2H pencil and, depending on the image, I allowed myself 10-20 minutes maximum for each sketch. Below is small sample of some the portraits I produced.
Note: while the sketches are my own, the photographs used for reference do not belong to me and were sourced from Google images. I did not make note of the photographers' names but I can with certainty identify sketch #1 as based on a photograph of actress Natalie Portman, and sketch #2 as based on a 19th century photograph labeled simply as "Cherokee Nanyehi, Lakota."