You're welcome ^^ Yes, I think that when we're a beginner, we naturally try to draw faces before getting interested in other things. So we're more used to draw portraits, and then it should come naturally and quickly when we're an experienced artist... Well, it's my point of view ;D
I agree entirely. I always think it's really stupid when i read/see someone getting slammed for using reference for practice/inspiration as a base or as a way to become more familiar with the subject matter. It's beyond ridiculous to me. As as someone who's trying to add more realism to my work you have to ask How can you paint something if you don't know what it looks like? If it's good enough for the classical master's it's good enough for me
Yes, exactly ! Drawing is first a question of observation. And then once we've developped enough imagination and technique, we can add a personal touch to what we see. So there's no shame to use a reference, indeed.