Every artist approaches his or her subject differently. For me, once I have accurate guidelines very lightly penciled on the paper, I begin to draw the hair, working from the darker elements toward the highlights. When the hair "feels" like hair, I go to work on the skin, starting with the ears and neck. Building up the subtle shades nearly to completion, I establish the overall tone that the portrait will have. The face comes next, in all its variations of features. This is where multiple layers of shading give the portrait depth and the meticulous placement of small details creates the expression. It is only when I am satisfied that I've captured the nuances of musculature and the personal characteristics of the skin that I draw the eyes. There is so much liveliness in the eyes that to finish them sooner would be distracting. Finally, I anchor the drawing with the darkest details, balancing the highlights.