So this was a good lesson in drawing. Because the drawing is off the smile in my portrait doesn’t look very authentic at all. I definitely need to practice this more.
I thought it would be really hard to hold a smile for more than an hour but I actually wasn’t smiling the whole entire time. There was no need to smile when I was working on my hair, background or forehead. I think if I spent a lot more time on the reductive start to this painting and got the drawing just perfect it would turn out much better. This is another thing I need to practice, a really long term painting in which I work for days just on the drawing, setup and composition.