This is really my first attempt at a "real" figure painting, with a nearly full face, hands, and so on. The original image was a rather blurry black and white photocopy. I've been working on this for about four weeks, and I've learned a lot, but I have reached the point where I want to just call this "done" -- in the sense that I'm abandoning further work on this (at least for now).
I learned a lot, for instance that the shadows on a human face are actually red, and the face is made of planes and light and shadow, like it should be, not specific features.
This was exhausting, finally, although I am okay with the results. Apologies for the image itself; I'm not in a space to take a better one, but will replace it when I can.