Today is a do art day. I went to FreeImages.com and a random face to use for artwork. I might not be done with this, but this is it for now, this is what an early image looks like.
Base Photo (which you do not see) credit.
FreeImages.com/Martin WallsAfter I add a bit more detail it starts to look like below. Here are the examples I used earlier today of FanArt, SHINee. In Stage One Complete. After this I move to another program (from Illustrator to Photoshop) for detailed shading. I am just a little unsure if it looked better without all the extra shading.
What I do is I work directly on top of the Photo, unlike the figure drawings where earlier today where I just looked at the reference video and had my program squished into a small space at the side. As you can see this direct approach has vastly different results.
For the final shading in Photoshop, after I have created the Illustrator outline, I look at the picture on the side, and draw like I did the figure drawings.