To me painting a person is a bit like making a sculpture:
you start with studying the shapes and forms,
you make corrections,
you look at light and dark colours,
you study the expression,
and each time you adjust.
My brush feels like an extension of my hand in shaping the model.
Maybe you can see it in this painting which is in the process of being built:
|Small painting on panel, by ZIZOlabel|