The beard was definitely experimentation - a lot of washes, and a lot of squinting, but I think it came out ok. I've got one more portrait I'd like to do, but I really need to get started on some color (!) comps for portfolio work, so it will be a balancing act. :)
And yesterday I celebrated that I have only one (1!) more year until I can legally rent a car, woooo.
Also! I saw a pretty cool idea from a Cal Arts student's blog I was looking through, that asks you to fill squares with what has influenced you...or just what you like. I didn't give it too much thought, but I think this is pretty close.
Two of the drawings above are from my teacher, Jeff Watts (the two figures in the middle row from the right). I've never seen someone have such a command on figure drawing and gestural drawing; almost intimidating. He really has turned it into a fine art, and there are plenty more drawings on the wall at the school. I was blown away the first time I saw them, and pretty much knew then and there that this was where I needed to be.
Below, more gesture drawings. The figure on the far right at the top, I have no idea how I pulled that off. Something Jeff said that stuck with me is that it is your brain giving you a preview of where more training will take you. I'm certainly not there yet consistently, but still working on it. One more week until classes are over, and while I'm enjoying them, I'm ready to take a break and apply what I've learned towards my portfolio. For now, back to working on The Dude.