Mila: Yeah I've been trying to do one a day. They're all done from mirror, that's why they're so unbelievably bad.
Hair Fish: Thanks man! I have a collection of brushes from different artists. Mostly I'm just using a regular round brush but lately I've been experimenting a bit with more textured brushes.
Andrew Sonea: Thanks! Haha don't worry about it, this shit doesn't deserve 5 stars. Thanks alot for the crit. You're right, the SPs are horrible. I think it's because I get too occupied with getting likeness down so that I forget everything else, it just becomes little scribbling trying to get everything right. I've done few SPs during the last few days trying to be more loose and textured as you advised but so far they've been pretty bad. I'll post a new one when I manage to do something worth showing. Overall the reason for the SPs it not really to get finished good looking portraits but to get the likeness down, thats not a reason for not getting more textures down.
I really should try to get some better lighting here, I think thats partly why I don't seem to get any of the planes read.
Thanks for the crit!
Been a bit busy during the last few days. Some crap that I'm not gonna post.
Heres a quick study focusing on brushwork and stuff, by David Palumbo.