One thing I have been fairly consistent about is taking time occasionally to draw the face from photos, often old family photos, since they are black and white and full of character. The above is not a family member; it is supposed to be Stéphane Mallarmé, the French poet. Charcoal on paper. For some reason I am happy with the tie.
This one is from an old family album: it shows the same man, Alrion Wilson Gifford, at two different points in his life. It is fascinating to me how age and Life can change ones face, but the underlying structure remains the same. These were quick cartoonish sketches, still charcoal, but on a smaller scale.