First of I just want to say thanks for the watch. And i'd be real interested in your feedback In the future as you got a real talent. And I totally agree with you, in fact this drawing is only A4 and almost looks like a photo in real life, and it was actually done on Bristol board. But the Bristol board becomes difficult to draw portrairts on when you go up to A3 because the details can look harsh against the white paper. So I started using cartridge paper for my A3 portraits as from my research allot of the best hyperrealists only use cartridge paper.
And my next portrait is going to be pretty tough as i'm trying a brand new technique and changing my approach in order for me to hit the next level, as my current technique has hit a brick wall. And don't worry about being critical of my drawings as I now that I feel I've got to know you a bit better. And I know your feedback is coming from the right place and will really value someone who has a critical eye rather just praising my work regardless of the standard XD.
Having not drawn for 11 years and being from a product design (i used ink & markers) background i've never really been a pencil artist before either, so I never really had a style per se. So when I started drawing again last year September, I was still trying to find whats right for me. And after lots of experimenting, I think i'm only now finally settling into my own style which is going to incorporate the best aspects of what I've learnt.
And the differences are even more stark as I've started using cartridge paper with graphite & charcoal whereas my older drawings were only done using graphite and Bristol board.