I'm drawing this well-known statue that is in the Boboli Gardens in Florence, for my first try at watercolor. As I was drawing, I remembered my maternal grandfather, Bud Cowart, drawing right on top of faces in magazines. I tried it with the statue photo and it really helps. It gets the shape into your hand, and increases understanding of proportion. I'm so glad I saw him doing that. He's been gone for many years, but I still remember.
Here's a portrait that he drew of a younger me. He was an awesome self-taught artist, and did a lot of portraits.
Here's a photo of Bud when he was younger. His eyes were blue. Looks like a good photo for me to do a portrait of him!