The full post is more on my practice for the Portrait Party.
Character actors make great sketching practice. They tend not to be "conventionally beautiful" in the way that major movie stars are. They tend to have real, well character, in their faces. They have great large noses and prominent eyes. Their mouths and teeth become interesting focal points. There ears are a world of light and dark and curve and bend. I have fallen in love with every member of the cast of "The Vicar of Dibley."
I sketched these late one night when I needed to get more practice for the portrait party in.
I really like the way the Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy pen works over this paper. If you stop for a moment the ink soaks into the paper but not through the paper! You can get thin lines, broken lines because of the knubby texture of the paper. I just like it.
At any rate, the struggle to size the eyes small enough (because that seems always to be where I start) so that I can fit the ear in the live area of the page continues!