So these were some portrait studies I did of yours truly. They were created using a combination of Photoshop and Painter. I've found that each program offers unique strengths. You can tell these were created from photographs because I'm not actually looking at the camera.
My goal here wasn't to create some 'incredible' artwork, but to study color and value. I learned much about light and how it decays from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin, and also I got a neat glimpse at the different colors found within our skin!