You mentioned once that you should refuse (in a nice way) to draw a portrait from an unsuitable picture, when asked. You advised always to make your own references.
Could you say something about a situation where taking your own photos is impossible? How can one solve the problem of a photo without real contrasts?
I wasn’t planning on drawing to specification for anyone in a long time yet. Recently, I found myself saying ‘I will try, but I can’t promise it will work’ and stated the reasons: ‘I’m inexperienced and still very much a student; the reference is not good; I don’t like working to a deadline’. There are situations where simply saying ‘no’ is hard …
So, any practical and/or wise words will be appreciated!